'Third Front will get around 100 seats'
Former PM H D Deve Gowda claimed that the Third Front would be able to garner around 100 seats in the next LS elections and more parties would join it to give the alliance a final shape after the general elections.delhi Updated: Nov 07, 2008 20:36 IST
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Friday claimed that the Third Front would be able to garner around 100 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections and more parties would join it to give the alliance a final shape after the general elections.
The JD(S) chief claimed that before the Lok Sabha polls, anti-Congress groups will realign, and after December 10, when the results of all the six assembly elections will be known, "the regrouping will begin".
"Though it is difficult to predict about which front would come to power after the general elections, I am confident that the Third Front would be able to garner around 100 seats and more parties would join us after the Lok Sabha polls," Gowda said while speaking to reporters here.
To a query on the status of the Third Front with BSP chief Mayawati refusing to become its convener, Gowda said that with assembly elections in six states round the corner, and general elections also not far away all the parties including JD(S) are busy with them.
"The Left parties and BSP are with us and a three member committee is running the Front, which includes CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja and Danish Ali of JD(S). Though we have limited strength, there are no points of conflicts among us," Gowda said.
He said that CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat has already met Mayawati thrice and therefore all the Third Front constituents are in touch with each other.