The Third Front concept is gathering pace with huddling of regional parties led by the Left Front deciding to jointly contest elections in the poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Assembly elections in these states are scheduled in November-December.
“Our effort is to bring all non-Congress, non-BJP parties on one platform to fight the price rise and corruption of the present government,” Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav said.
With surveys predicting a bigger role for regional parties after the 2014 parliamentary elections, regional party leaders including SP’s Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar are working on the dual approach of consolidating base in their home turf, while attempting to expand their party base outside their areas of influence. The upcoming assembly elections would provide an ideal opportunity for such parties to experiment with their expansionist aims.
A five-party formation comprising the CPI, CPI(M), SP, JD(U) and the JD(S) has been stitched together in Rajasthan, while a platform of six parties including the CPI, JD(U), Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GGP), Swabhiman Manch and the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party have decided to join hands in Chhatisgarh.
The JD(U) is in the process of firming up an arrangement with the GGP for the 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. In Delhi, however, these parties are likely to contest elections separately.
The roadmap and political strategies of the fledging Third Front concept is likely to emerge from the Left-sponsored October 30 convention in Delhi. “Besides a representative of the AIADMK, several chief ministers will attend the convention. The meeting will set the ball rolling on the re-configuration of political forces in coming months”, JD(U) general secretary Arun Srivastava said.