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Left's Third Front dream is over, says Cong

The outcome of the Central committee meeting of the CPI-M held at Kochi had proved beyond doubt that the "dream of a secular Third Front" displacing the Congress and BJP at the centre had failed miserably, KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala claimed today.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2009 19:28 IST

The outcome of the Central committee meeting of the CPI-M held at Kochi had proved beyond doubt that the "dream of a secular Third Front" displacing the Congress and BJP at the centre had failed miserably, KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala claimed today.

"There are no takers for a Third Front. CPI-M General secretary Prakash Karat, who mooted the front led by BSP chief Mayawati now says the Left is not for an alliance with BSP," Chennithala told reporters here.

Karat was in "a pathetic" position busy trying to woo partners of NDA and UPA. CPI-M which had now struck alliance with TDP, AIADMK and JD-S should remember that these parties had always forged ties for their own gains.

Karat was `inventing ideas' to criticise the UPA Government to cover-up the administrative failure in the states ruled by CPI(M)-led LDF, Chennithala alleged. Congress-led UPA government at the centre had opposed the Israeli attack on Gaza right from the start and expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people. However, CPI-M was spreading false propaganda on the issue with an eye on the vote bank, he charged.

He said the KPCC would launch a campaign against the `anti-people' policies of LDF Government from Jan 15 in three phases. Congress workers would lay siege to the secretariat and district collectorates on January 20.

A `Kerala Raksha Yatra' from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram would be undertaken. The Yatra, led by Chennithala, would begin at Manjeswaram on Feb 8 and conclude here on Mar 3. A public meeting would be held here on March 4 ending the campaign.