‘Third Front’ On The Front

The eleven Indian regional parties have agreed to campaign as one monopoly in the national elections due by May to seek an offer to an alternative to the ruling Congress party led coalition and also the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party led alliance.

Prakash Karat, the leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), told a press conference in the capital of India New Delhi this Tuesday that there has to be an alternative which has a democratic, secular, federal and pro-people development agenda. He further added that massive corruption has become a hallmark of the current Congress government and the main opposition i.e. the BJP has no policies different from that of the ruling party. The parties in the 11-party group currently hold 92 seats in the 545-member lower house of the parliament. Moody’s Investors Service said on the 11th February that any so-called Third Front government could lack the basic common agenda to revive the India’s economy, pressuring both the Indian rupee and India’s credit rating.

“We welcome the move. It is a positive development”, NCP spokesman D P Tripathi said when his opinion was asked on the meeting of the leaders of JD(U), Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, JD(S),Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and four Left parties. The 11 party combinations also came out as a joint declaration which said “it is time for a change and to throw out Congress from power… BJP and the communal forces must be defeated and prevented from coming to power.”

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