Yet another chink appeared in the Third Front’s armour on Tuesday evening, when Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy came to Delhi to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence.
He cited the ground situation in Karnataka politics as the reason for the meeting, initiated by the Congress. “We have to play our own way in Karnataka…we have to cut short BJP interference in the state,” he said shortly after the meeting.
On Sunday, Telengana Rashtra Samiti chief, K Chandrashekhar Rao had attended the NDA-SAD rally in Punjab. The party issued a clarification on Monday that it remained with the Third Front and the Grand Alliance (in Andhra Pradesh), but was actively seeking the NDA’s support for the formation of Telengana state.
While the Left did not react to the JD(S) leader’s meeting Sonia, its displeasure was apparent when Kumaraswamy told reporters “All the Third Front leaders are upset. I only met her to discuss Karnataka political issues, there is no question of leaving the Third Front.”
Just minutes before Kumaraswamy met Sonia, his father, the JD (S) President, H.D. Deve Gowda had issued an official statement affirming that the party was a committed member of the Third Front.
In fact, in an obvious reference to the TRS flip-flop, Gowda’s statement issued through his party’s secretary general Danish Ali said “Regional compulsions and the commitment for the realisation of a separate state may have prompted an ally to join another alliance but that in no way indicates a division within the ranks of all those who committed themselves…”.
Kumaraswamy, however, admitted that he had not informed his father of his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, till after the fact.