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Third Front for MCD polls launched in Delhi

Four parties came together and formed the Pragatisheel Jan Morcha (PJM) on Tuesday before the MCD elections, reports Amitabh Shukla.
None | By Amitabh Shukla, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2007 10:17 PM IST

In an electoral alliance which could have far reaching consequences for the forthcoming MCD elections in the city, four parties came together and formed the Pragatisheel Jan Morcha (PJM) on Tuesday. The newly formed alliance would contest all the 272 seats for the MCD.

The four parties – NCP, CPI, CPI(M) and the Jan Morcha held a joint press conference to announce the new formation. The PJM will organise a public rally at the Ramlila grounds on February 11 and announce their agenda for the development of Delhi.

"Both the Congress and BJP have ruled Delhi alternatively. Both have failed the people of the city," said cine star turned Jan Morcha leader Raj Babbar. He said the time has now come when people of the city should opt for an alternative which is pro people. "Our alliance would make sure that elected representatives take policy decisions in Delhi instead of the courts," said Babbar.

NCP state unit president Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said people of the city are fed up with their routine problems related to water and power. "Sealings and demolitions have added to the never ending woes of the residents," he said. Bidhuri added that all tried political formations have failed the mandate given to them repeatedly. "We want to present a secular, work oriented and clean alternative to the beleaguered people," he said.

Amarjit Kaur, secretary of the Delhi state CPI, PMS Grewal, secretary of Delhi CPI(M) and Manjit Singh, president of Delhi unit of Jan Morcha were also present.

The PJM said it has been working amongst the slum dwellers, workers, artisans, hawkers, rickshaw pullers, small shopkeepers, lower middle classes, middle classes and small industrialists and they would be the vote base of the formation.

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