The BJP’s tone was that the federal front was a natural BJP ally and ranged against UPA.
Significantly, BJP leaders had earlier dismissed the idea of a third front, insisting that the polity was bipolar. But with Nitish Kumar’s anticipated exit, the NDA will have only three parties: BJP, Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal.
In such a scenario, the NDA cannot be a fulcrum for forming a government without wooing parties outside UPA and NDA combines.
The BJP’s federal pitch—once a votary of a one-nation, one-culture principle — is aimed at opening doors for business with the federal front, or more specifically, components of the front if the BJP has a good tally and wants to take a shot at power.