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So many fronts, how many against poverty, terror, asks Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that floating a front has become a fashion and a new front is coming up every day.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 20:17 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said that floating a front has become a fashion and a new front is coming up every day.

Addressing three election meetings in Andhra Pradesh, she ridiculed the Third Front, the proposed Fourth Front and also the grand alliance of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the two Left parties in Andhra Pradesh.

"These days it has become a fashion to launch a front. You have first front, second front, third front and fourth front. I want to say fifth and sixth front may also come up," she said while addressing a massive public rally at Vijayanagaram in north coastal Andhra.

"It is easy to form a front but has anybody opened a front against poverty, unemployment, communalism and terrorism like the Congress did?" she asked.

Seeking a clear mandate for the Congress party, she said fronts mean instability. "Fronts means instability, instable governments. Congress means stable, experienced and strong government," she told the rally near Bhongir in Nalgonda district.

"It is ridiculous that a third front leader and TDP leader (Chandrababu Naidu) who calls himself secular was shoulder to shoulder with the BJP and NDA. It was during their rule that many corruption scandals and Gujarat riots took place. For him then everything was right. He did not see any wrong?" she said, adding that if this was secularism, then she wanted to caution the people against it and the opportunist politics of the TDP.

"I want to ask the TDP, the BJP, the second front, the third front and the fourth front what they have done for the poor, the farmers, Dalits and the minorities?" she asked.

First Published: Apr 07, 2009 20:13 IST