With NCP chief Sharad Pawar having hinted that he was in the race for prime minister's post and expected Left support, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday emphatically said that the PM of the Third Front would be decided only after the Lok Sabha elections.
"All parties in the Third Front will first sit together and formulate policies and after that who would be the prime minister will be decided," Bhattacherjee said.
Claiming that the Third Front was gaining strength he said, "Deve Gowda, Mayawati, AIDMK, TDP and Left parties are there. BJD has severed links with BJP. Mulayam Singh is there. And, Sharad Pawar had also said he is there. Can we not form the government?" he asked at a Left Front Lok Sabha election meeting in Kolkata.
The "wrong policies" of the Congress-led UPA had led to allies deserting it one by one. "The only job Manmohan Singh has done in five years is sign the nuclear deal with the US, which is against national interest."