While a larger effort is being made to create a third front of non-BJP, non-Congress parties for the Lok Sabha polls on the initiative of the CPM, Nitish Kumar of the JD(U) and some other leaders are trying to bring the erstwhile Janata Parivar parties together to form its nucleus.
Former prime minister and JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda, who is part of the Left initiative to create a third front also comprising the AIADMK, acknowledged that a parallel effort was on to bring the erstwhile Janata Parivar members together.
Unsuccessful attempts have been made in the past by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to forge an alliance of Janata Parivar splinter parties, including his own, the JD(S), the Samajwadi Party and the Biju Janata Dal.
“Nitish Kumar is of the view that members of the erstwhile Janata Parivar who are ruling in three major states are in a position to win 75 to 80 Lok Sabha seats and be relevant to government formation. He is keen on a pre-poll alliance of the Janata Parivar,’’ JD(S) sources said.
Deve Gowda indicated that a meeting of Orissa Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Nitish was likely in the second week of February.
“A date for the meeting of chief ministers Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik and Akhilesh Yadav to arrive at a consensus on bringing the erstwhile Janata Parivar together has not been decided. It is likely to be between February 9 and 13,’’ Gowda said.
Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, also an erstwhile Janata Parivar member which is now a part of the UPA, could join the formation, he said.
“The time is very short and I have suggested that efforts must be made quickly. I am assisting in the efforts by the Left. The first thing is that a third front must come together and a policy which is contrary to the policies of the Congress and the BJP must be evolved,’’ the former prime minister said.