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Third front unlikely before polls: CPI

CPI general secretary AB Bardhan says his party would however work on state-specific alliances with regional parties, reports Jatin Gandhi.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2008 03:27 IST
Jatin Gandhi

The CPI general secretary AB Bardhan said on Friday the time before the next general election may be too short for the Left to forge a third front as an alternative to the Congress and the BJP. Bardhan said his party would, however, work on state-specific alliances with regional parties.

“I am not sure if it (the third front) will come into existence so early,” the CPI leader said. “If it does get formed before the next general election, I will be happy. But if it doesn’t, we would like to go for state-specific tie-ups,” Bardhan added.

He, however, refused to speculate on when the elections would be held. “We will be ready, it is for the UPA government.”

The CPI leader had met TDP chief and UNPA convener N Chandrababu Naidu along with other CPI leaders on Wednesday. “Though, we didn’t discuss any political alternatives, common struggles should be built on,” he said.

As the Left parties work on distancing themselves from the UPA government’s policies that they dub “anti-poor”, Bardhan remarked: “There never was a honeymoon. Our support to the UPA government was a response to the fractured verdict in the election. The 61 strong Left Block gave support from outside and it was no unconditional. So where is the question of a honeymoon.” After severe differences propped up between the Left and the UPA last year, Bardhan was widely quoted in the media saying that the Left-UPA honeymoon had ended.