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Don’t pin hopes on third front: Sharad

The front was constituted last month after 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties came together to fight the elections together.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav Wednesday urged his workers not to have high expectations from the third front and said he may form another front if his party members don’t get a chance to contest Lok Sabha polls.

The front was constituted last month after 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties came together to fight the elections together.

The JD(U) chief’s announcement is likely to come as a jolt to his allies, including SP chief Mulayam Chief Yadav, who has been eyeing a bigger national role.

Addressing party workers at a closed door meeting of the state executive committee in Lucknow, Sharad Yadav said, “Don’t have much expectations (from the third front). At the moment, the two parties (Congress and BJP) are engaged in their qawwali, which was given too much importance, so I also initiated one more qawwali. I am an expert in such work… bahut asha mat lagao (don’t pin high hopes).”

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He also told party workers they are free to contest Lok Sabha elections in UP. “The arrangement of the third front is restricted to Delhi and no setting has been done at a local level. Those who want to contest polls should submit their applications,” he added.

“There are three ways — either there will be some adjustment in the third front, another is going alone in the polls. Lastly, if nothing materialises, we will form another front,” he said, reminding workers that the JD(U) had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls in UP.

AGP to go it alone this Time

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has announced it would go alone in the elections. Efforts to work out an alliance with the BJP had failed after several rounds of parleys after the latter’s state unit made it clear that it was against taking the regional party on board.

“We had tried for a tie-up in the greater interest of preventing split in the anti-Congress votes. We know it would have benefitted the BJP more than us. But now that that BJP’s state unit has clearly opposed an alliance, we are going it alone,” said AGP’s working president Atul Bora in Guwahati on Wednesday.

Bora said the party has finalised its list of candidates for all the 14 Lok Sabha seats from the state. In 2009, the AGP had won one out of four seats it had contested, while the BJP had bagged four out of nine. ENS