11 non-Cong, non-BJP parties to come together in House

However, contradictions amongst these parties on key legislations remain.

New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2014 8:06 am
Deve Gowda, Sitaram Yechury and Sharad Yadav in New Delhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Anil Sharma) Deve Gowda, Sitaram Yechury and Sharad Yadav in New Delhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Anil Sharma)

Making the first move towards formation of a third front, 11 parties including UPA government’s outside supporter SP and the Left, on Wednesday decided to function as a bloc in Parliament. The new formation will be “confined to Parliament now” but the parties said they are planning to prepare a “common agenda” to project themselves as the non-Congress, non-BJP alternative.

The immediate aim of the bloc seems to be to ensure that the Congress-led government does not take sole credit for the passage of anti-corruption Bills. Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said the parties will not allow the Congress to utilize the session to launch its election agenda.

“We want a proper discussion on all the issues the government is proposing,” he said. With Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh opposed to division of the state stalling the proceedings of the House, the parties want to make it difficult for the government to pass the Bills without discussion.

“They would want some Bills to be passed in the din and then go to the electorate to say that this is our election agenda, now that is making a mockery of parliamentary process. We are opposed to it and all the parties will unitedly ensure the sanctity of Parliament,” Yechury said after a meeting of 11 parties comprising Samajwadi Party, JD(U), AIADMK, BJD, AGP, JD(S), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and four Left parties.

However, contradictions amongst these parties on key legislations remain. While the CPM and the CPI are on opposite sides of the Telangana issue, the AIADMK is against the Communal Violence Bill while the Left and many other parties are in favour.

Outside Parliament, the leaders know the PM candidate question is going to be a tricky one as they move towards giving a formal shape to the front. “We will soon have a common programme and that will be our leader,” JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said. Sources said the date and venue of a rally where all the leaders of the bloc will be present is being finalised. It would be either in Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Chennai or in Patna.

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    Samanya Aadmi
    Feb 6, 2014 at 1:30 am
    Wry smile on faces of these losers.
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      Samanya Aadmi
      Feb 6, 2014 at 1:30 am
      Wry smile on faces of these losers.
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        Brijkhanna
        Feb 6, 2014 at 3:29 am
        Among 11 Non BJP and Non Congress Parties in Lok Sabha the leader of one Party our former Prime Minister Shr H.C. Gowda looks like some one has shaken him up to wake up from deep slumber. Just imagine if NON CONGRESS and NON BJP parties form a Govt and it is decided to name Shri H.C. Gowda as Prime Minister, he would ask the Secretary General of Lok Sabha to design Member of Parliament seats in such manner that these chairs could be converted into reclining sleeper just like in First and Executive sections of International Long Distance Planes.
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          Brijkhanna
          Feb 6, 2014 at 3:29 am
          Among 11 Non BJP and Non Congress Parties in Lok Sabha the leader of one Party our former Prime Minister Shr H.C. Gowda looks like some one has shaken him up to wake up from deep slumber. Just imagine if NON CONGRESS and NON BJP parties form a Govt and it is decided to name Shri H.C. Gowda as Prime Minister, he would ask the Secretary General of Lok Sabha to design Member of Parliament seats in such manner that these chairs could be converted into reclining sleeper just like in First and Executive sections of International Long Distance Planes.
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            Ragunathan
            Feb 6, 2014 at 7:41 am
            It is nothing but a parking lot .Parties will be there till the election and form an alliance with major parties saying the do not another election
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              Ragunathan
              Feb 6, 2014 at 7:41 am
              It is nothing but a parking lot .Parties will be there till the election and form an alliance with major parties saying the do not another election
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                Citizen
                Feb 6, 2014 at 3:13 am
                Nothing but power mongers These guys can not even come to an agreement on any single issue that is facing the nation so imagine if voters waste their votes by voting to these guys in LS elections how the nation is going to be??? Slogan for LS should be " Bharath ko bacaho vote to national parties not to also ran guys" Jaihind
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                  Citizen
                  Feb 6, 2014 at 3:13 am
                  Nothing but power mongers These guys can not even come to an agreement on any single issue that is facing the nation so imagine if voters waste their votes by voting to these guys in LS elections how the nation is going to be??? Slogan for LS should be " Bharath ko bacaho vote to national parties not to also ran guys" Jaihind
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