In what can be seen as an indicator of the future shape of the federal front, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) are set to join hands with the communist parties (CPI(M), CPI) for the upcoming Rajasthan election.
This is the first such electoral move on the ground after regional parties like JD(U), BJD and Trinamool pitched for a federal front — a coalition of regional parties as an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who had positioned herself as a key flag-bearer of the ‘federal front’, is not in this formation despite her party’s known ambition of contesting polls in different states.
CPI(M)’s central committee member Hannan Mollah who is also in charge of Rajasthan, told HT, “We will project a third alternative to both the Congress and the BJP in the state. We will also make a joint statement to spell out our policies on July 21.”
In the current Rajasthan assembly, the CPI(M) has three MLAs and JD(U) has one.
The CPI(M) leadership insists that the electoral pact is an outcome of a long period of ‘joint movements’ and not a hasty ‘cut and paste’ job for the election.
The move also makes it clear that no common platform for the Trinamool and the Left can exist and that the Left is still a preferred partner for leaders like Nitish Kumar and Yadav.
Trinamool camp, however, claimed that these developments are not a reflection of the entire national scenario and Banerjee is continuing to keep channels open with Nitish Kumar and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik.