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Third Front: Rising from the ashes?
Vicky Nanjappa & Krishnakumar P | July 19, 2008 22:47 IST
With just over two days remaining for the trust vote, hectic political activity continues in New Delhi.
Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have a point to prove to each other, but on Saturday the major development taking place was regarding the meeting of the regional parties with a view of rejuvenating the Third Front, which was a force to reckon with in the mid 1990s.
The exit of Shahid Siddiqui from the Samajwadi Party, the presence of Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu [Images], non-committal stand by Janata Dal-Secular supremo H D Deve Gowda were all indications that there was a hope of the Third Front being revived in the country.
However, towards the evening it became clear that the regional parties and even the Left were serious about having an alternative government at the Centre.
Mishra is the man, who formulated the BSP's assembly election strategy, and his presence in a meeting of these leaders shows how serious Mayawati is to explore this new political alliance.
Earlier during the day, Chandrababu Naidu said publicly in New Delhi that there was every chance of reviving the third front and if the same happened then Mayawati would be the best candidate for the post of prime minister.
These parties also feel that the TDP will gain ground in Andhra Pradesh and hence would be a major contributing force. Further they also plan to rope in Chiranjeevi [Images], who is floating a new party.
The question that is now being asked is what Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar [Images] and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Laloo Prasad Yadav would do considering the fact that both had indicated that they would be interested in joining a Third Front provided it was a credible force.
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