“We discussed ways to take forward the idea. Since Nitish Kumar is in Delhi we got the opportunity to discuss the matter directly with him,” said CPM general secretary Prakash Karat. Yechury described the alliance in-the-making as a “First Front”, saying the aim was to formulate policies which would bring relief on the economic front and protect people from communal forces.
Returning to Patna later in the day, Kumar confirmed that a ‘federal front’ was now close to reality. “The front is yet to be firmed up but BJP leaders are already worried. They are all ‘’hawa-hawai’’ (air bags) and this has taken the wind out of their sails,” he said. “This is an initiative of the Left parties. We discussed the matter with Mulayam Singh Yadav. We are also talking to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.”
On February 5, representatives of 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties had met in Delhi with the aim of working as a block in Parliament to pitch for a pro-people, anti-communal agenda.