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New groups like Third Front not good for democracy: Sonia

india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 09:01 IST

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As the Congress has expressed its displeasure over NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s plan to attend an election rally of the Third Front in Bhubaneswar on Friday, party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday warned that creation of new groups and fronts is “not good for democracy”.

Rounding off her electioneering in Orissa at a meeting held at Berhampur, Gandhi said such groups and fronts could not provide good governance to the people.

“Creation of new groups like the Third Front and so on ahead of elections is not good for democracy. They cannot provide good governance to the people,” she said.

The UPA chairperson, who also addressed poll meetings at Bargarh and Lumburi village near Koraput, strongly criticised the concept of fronts, saying these groups coming into being on a daily basis would push the country towards “disaster” as they had no specific plan and programme.

Congress leader and Home Minister P Chidambaram has said it would be better if Pawar does not share the dais with the parties “opposed to Congress”.

Tomorrow’s rally is expected to have CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan and the NCP chief who would share the dias with BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.

BJD, which snapped its 11-year-old alliance with BJP on March 7, has entered into seat-sharing arrangement with the two Left parties and the NCP for the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.