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Mamata Banerjee again stokes talk of Third Front

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 11, 2013
First Published: 01:54 IST(11/6/2013) | Last Updated: 02:43 IST(11/6/2013)

Narendra Modi’s elevation within the BJP and the subsequent resignation of party veteran LK Advani has caused a resurgence of the third front idea.


While in Bihar, the JD(U) sounded the bugle of dissent, in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee renewed her appeal for a federal front to take on the BJP and the Congress in the general elections next year.

“Time has come for all regional parties to come together and form a federal front in the coming Lok Sabha election,” Banerjee posted on the social networking site Facebook on Monday.

“I appeal to all the non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties to launch a united fight to free the country from misrule and anti-people decisions.”

As late as on June 5, Banerjee had said she was not hungry for a chair, and would love to help other political parties forge a third front as a “mere worker”.

Her insistence hinges on the fact that after walking out of the UPA, she has lost her leverage with the Centre. At the state level, the portfolio is important – since Bengal, in absence of industrialisation, has been banking on the railways investments in the state to bail it out of its current financial dire straits.

A third front will allow Banerjee to play kingmaker again and might help restore the key railway portfolio to the Trinamool Congress.

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