Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) supremo Deve Gowda on Monday announced the formation of the Third Front, an amalgamation of eight parties including the Left, and touted as a political alternative to the Congress and BJP.
“We are a regional party and I believe regional parties will have more say in this election than national parties and the
Third Front will lead the next coalition,” Gowda told HT.
The much-talked about Front would be launched in Karnataka on March 12 with a rally in Tumkur, 50 km from Bangalore, Gowda said. Leaders of eight political outfits who have agreed to be part of the Third Front — CPI, CPM, Forward Bloc, RPI, TDP, TRS, AIADMK and JDS — will take part in the rally, Gowda said.
Gowda, who took a lead role in giving shape to the formation of the Front, which his political opponents BJP and Congress pooh poohed as a “mirage”, said the agenda of the new outfit would be unveiled at the rally. There was no discussion in the Front “as of now” on who would be its prime ministerial candidate, he said.
TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu said the Front constituents would subsequently meet in Hyderabad to carry their agenda forward.
Alliance building happened elsewhere as well, with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal joining the the BJP-led NDA. The coming together of these parties is expected to influence poll outcomes in Jat-dominated areas in western Uttar Pradesh.
(With inputs from PTI)