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Punjab chief minister doesn't think Third Front exists

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Badal (Muktsar), March 26, 2013
First Published: 20:42 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:57 IST(26/3/2013)

Third Front at the Centre is “a figment of imagination” in the eyes of the Punjab chief minister, who toes the line of his alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday dismissed the alternative political power idea in his chat with the media on the sides of the sangat darshan (public contact) programme at his native village here. "I don’t think a Third Front exists,” he said. “Its proposed formation at the national level is a figment of imagination, gossip stirred by the instability of the Central government.”

Any possibility of a Third Front would become clear only after the formal announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, which were inevitable before the completion of the second term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Badal said. His party is “prepared to contest the general elections any time”.

Badal also iterated his party’s commitment to continue with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), as he expects it to form the next government at the Centre. He ruled out his party’s joining any Third Front. “The mission of my party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), is to wipe out the Congress,” he said.

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