Inspired by the AIADMK’s pre-poll tie-up with the CPI and CPI(M), regional satraps in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP) — have fast-paced initiatives at stitching together an “alternative front” of non-Congress and non-BJP parties.
A day after the CPI forged an alliance with the AIADMK for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the CPI(M) on Monday firmed up ties with the ruling party in Tamil Nadu.
“I am happy to announce that the AIADMK and the CPI(M) have decided to enter into an alliance to face the forthcoming LS elections. And we expect that this alliance would be very successful,” Jayalalithaa told reporters in the presence of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.
Asked about who would be the prime ministerial nominee of the alliance, Jayalalithaa said, “It is pointless to enter into a discussion... It will be discussed after results are out.”
“There are a large number of non-Congress, non-BJP parties, which have substantial support and strength in this country. This will be reflected in the coming elections,” Karat said.
The AIADMK’s decision to forge ties with the Left has dashed BJP’s hope of an alliance with the ruling outfit in TN. The BJP has already got Vaiko’s MDMK on board in a bid to form a strong ‘Front’ in Tamil Nadu.
However, the Congress hasn’t forged any alliances in the state so far.
Leaders of non-Congress, non-BJP parties including the JD (U), AIADMK, BJD, AGP, SP, JDS, JVM (P) are scheduled to meet in New Delhi on February 5 to work out an agenda.
“The Left has taken a lead and we have supported the move. The issue of leadership is inconsequential at this moment as the separate block would be working on the basis of collective leadership,” Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna on Monday.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asserted at a rally at Gonda that the “alternative front” would emerge as the strongest block in the post-poll scenario”.
Driven by concerns of protecting their flock in this season of political break-ups and alliances, the two regional satraps are hopeful that a show of unity of would help them retain base on their home turf in the face of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s juggernaut.
The BJP is emerging as the common threat to both Yadav and Kumar, as Modi is making a big pitch in the two important states that together account for 120 of the total 543 seats of the Lok Sabha.