Blow to third front as Left, Jayalalithaa part ways

Sources say the AIADMK is no longer interested in continuing in a third front bandwagon that has too many PM aspirants.

Chennai | Updated: March 7, 2014 10:03 am

Cracks surfaced in the ‘alternative front’ of parties with an alliance between two key constituents, the Left Front and Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, ending in Tamil Nadu after failing to agree on seats. It was the Left that called it off.

“Several rounds of talks were not fruitful. Also, the AIADMK unilaterally announced its candidates. Hence, the two communist parties have decided to contest the election together,” said a statement issued by CPM and CPI state secretaries G Ramakrishnan and D Pandian.

At one stage, the CPI’s A B Bardhan had been among the first leaders outside the state to endorse Jaya as a potential PM candidate, saying it was possible if the combine managed to win most seats from Tamil Nadu (39) and Puducherry UT.

But the AIADMK was willing to give the two only one seat each. The clearest sign of parting of ways came when Jaya began seeking votes for all 40 of her candidates over the past couple of days.

Sources say the AIADMK is no longer interested in continuing in a third front bandwagon that has too many PM aspirants without necessary cohesion. This has also caused concerns in the Left camps that she could back the BJP after the polls.

The CPI(M)’s central leadership said it hopes to combine with other parties after the polls. “The permutations and combinations will emerge only after the elections. Before polls, such fluidity will continue. We don’t hold anything against the AIADMK. It is only trying to maximise its electoral strength. We are in contact with them for a loose all-India alternative and will continue to be so,” a senior CPM leader said.

Sources in the DMK said, the Left’s local leadership has approached them, and that they said it was too late for any alliance. The Left parties have denied it.

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  1. A
    a k
    Mar 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    Corruption may be your twin brother but hes never been mine. Shame on you.
  2. S
    Subramanian Venkatraman
    Mar 7, 2014 at 4:13 am
    I will go for Jayalalithaa if for any reason Modi cannot become the Prime Minister. She is more determined than even Modi when it comes to the question of getting what she wants. She is adroit in handling people and not attached to anyone. Neither she allows herself to depend upon anyone for any length of time. Unquestionable loyalty is the only thing she demands; she takes care of all the rest. A very fluent speaker in English and several Indian languages and a great administrator. Of course, she is quite corrupt. So what? In a country where corruption is the twin brother for almost everyone, it is nothing. It is better to have a even handed able administrator than a useless but good MMS or Anthony.