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'Third front would be successful only if independent of outside support'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 09, 2013
First Published: 19:00 IST(9/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:36 IST(9/11/2013)

At a time when regional parties are looking at the possibility of an electoral alliance, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury Saturday said that any third front experiment would be successful only if it is not dependent on outside support.
 
“A third front alliance should not be at the mercy of outside support. People will not accept any alternative just for the sake of it…. alternate policy trajectory is required to change the situation in the country and there is very little to choose between the Congress and BJP. People want a government which will give them relief,” Yechury said at a press interaction at Indian Women Press Corps. 
 
However, Yechury clarified that the possibility of any alliance with like minded parties will only happen after the 2014 Parliamentary elections.

“In the post-emergency era, all alliances have been formed after election result,” he said.
 
The CPI(M) leader admitted that in the past regional parties have taken opportunistic stand. “I am not saying it will not happen again… Any third front alliance will have to focus on policies and not on a leader,” Yechury stated.
 
Asked about his party’s view on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka next week, he said, “It is upto the government to take a decision. What we are saying is that the government should make its stand clear on issues like human rights violation and war crimes that were committed in Sri Lankan.”
 
Yechury added that India should also take up the issue of speedy implementation of the 13th amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution for giving equal rights to Tamil citizens with the government of Sri Lanka.

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