Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken the initiative to launch a “federal front” of 14 regional parties to fight the Congress and the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections and has begun talks with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD(S) head and former PM H D Deve Gowda.
A meeting of top leaders of these 14 parties has been convened in Delhi on February 5 to discuss “a united stand” against the Congress-led UPA government, especially against any populist moves it may announce to woo voters during the Parliament session called to pass the vote on account.
This meeting is to be followed by another of Kumar, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, Mulayam and Gowda in Delhi either on February 9 or 10 to discuss the formal shape of the yet to be named front.
“Fourteen regional parties have already met once on October 28 last year. The Congress, which has hit a low because of the economic mess and corruption charges, is not able to counter Narendra Modi. It is on us to take on both the BJP and the Congress,” JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express.
The Samajwadi Party’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav said his party is in talks with like-minded secular parties, including JD(U) to stitch a non-Congress and non-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha elections. “I cannot commit on how much time it will take to formalise this alliance. But it is a well known fact that we are in serious dialogue and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is part of it,” Ramgopal Yadav told The Indian Express.
“In fact the seeds had germinated when 14 parties, which included Nitish Kumar, Left parties and others met at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi in October last year. There, we had broadly agreed to form a non-Congress, non-BJP front,” he said, adding that the key players were talking to each other since.
“It will take shape but I still cannot comment on a final date. At times Nitishji also talks directly with Netaji (Mulayam),” he said.
Ramgopal also reminded that the SP had formed a front called Rashtriya Loktantrik Morcha, which included the CPI, CPM, JD(U) and JD(S), and contested Assembly polls in Rajasthan last year.
“Left parties have taken the initiative to cobble together a block of parties. I am not sure of calling it a third or fourth front but we support the idea of such a block of parties coming up,” Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of a function. He said several parties which were …continued »