Even as the Third Front looks like it is disintegrating, Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and president of the Bharip Bhaujan Mahasangh (BBM), has decided to float a fourth front with like-minded parties.
However, the parties that will be included are far from being like-minded. The fourth front would include proponents of Maratha reservation Shiv Rajya Party, the Uttar Pradesh-based Peace Party and Maulana Badruddin Ajmal’s United Democratic Front.
This is the fourth alliance, which has been floated in view of the October 13 Assembly elections. “Alliances are not formed on the basis of ideological compatibility,” said Ambedkar when asked whether an alliance of such ideologically diverse parties would survive. “Alliances are formed for garnering votes.”
Ambedkar also wanted former Nationalist Congress Party leader Vinayak Mete’s Shivsangram Party to be a part of the front but the Maratha leader turned down the offer. The front has announced the names of 126 candidates.