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Third front parties to meet next month

The "third front" is scheduled to meet next week to chalk out a strategy to launch a campaign against the UPA government keeping in mind the upcoming general elections.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2008 15:22 IST

Constituents of the "third front" are scheduled to meet next week to chalk out a strategy to launch a campaign against the UPA government keeping in mind the upcoming general elections.

CPI(M), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and JD(S), all major constituents of the third alliance, on Thursday marked a hectic day of one-to-one meetings with each other.

RLD chief Ajit Singh met JD(S) leader and former Prime Minister HD Devegowda and followed it up with a meeting with CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. Gowda also played host to Karat later on.

The Karnataka strongman refused to comment on the discussions held during the meetings, and termed them as "casual meetings" but did say that a campaign would be launched against the government.

Singh later told PTI that more such meetings are scheduled to take place in the near future.

"We are trying to chalk out a strategy to pin down the government. Also there is a need to give a shape to this new alliance which we have formed. It could be called UNPA sans Samajwadi Party as of now, but all the constituents of this third alliance may meet next week to come out with a joint action plan for the future," the RLD chief said.

He added that telephonic discussions to this effect have been held by him with TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu and TRS chief Chandrasekhar Rao also.

Saying that though it was too early to come out with something as all the constituent parties till now have only met each other individually, Singh added "the meeting next week could see something substantial happening".