The BJP on Thursday said the Third Front was like a “parking lot” where parties come and go and ruled out any chance of it forming a government at the Centre.
“It was a mirage for the Third Front to form government at the Centre as it had already been tried before and had ended in a failure. It was just like a ‘parking lot’ where political parties come and go,” Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said while addressing a press conference.
He said the parties in Third Front have no common agenda, they have no commitment. “They will fight election against each other and later join together to block the BJP. They have no leader. Everybody wants to become prime minister,” Naidu said.
“So, if it comes to power, will there be a rotational PM everyday in a week?” he wondered. Naidu also noted that the member-parties of the Third Front were equally responsible for the sins and corruption of the Congress-led UPA because they had been supporting parties in the alliance in both the two terms of the UPA.
“The parties making up the Third Front, whether its Left or the SP, they can’t absolve themselves of the sins of the UPA as they all have supported UPA I and UPA II,” he said. Naidu also attacked the AAP by terming it as the B-Team of the Congress. “AAP has been discredited after it joined hands with the Congress party against whom they had taken the vow to send them to jail for corruption,” he said.
Commenting on the violence between AAP workers and BJP activists in New Delhi outside the saffron party headquarters after Arvind Kejriwal was detained briefly in Gujarat, Naidu said AAP was creating tension before polls in order to be amidst headlines.
Accusing the UPA of ruining and betraying the nation, Naidu said, “Congress has betrayed and ruined the nation. They have not only betrayed the people, but also made Parliament a laughing stock. They have ruined relation with neighbours and brought down the prestige of the country in world fora.”
He claimed that not the Third Front or Congress, but only BJP and Narendra Modi could provide an alternative to the nation.
Asked if BJP has lost its nationalist credentials after aligning with the LJP which a few years back had tried to appease a particular community by taking a jeep ride with people dressed as Osama Bin Laden, Naidu said, “It is an old issue, we need to move forward.”
On the alliance between TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee and Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, he said it would not have any impact nationwide and noted that the JD(U), TMC, BSP and SP were all fighting for the third slot. Asked to comment on Banerjee’s claim that TMC would emerge as the single largest party after the polls, Naidu said, “TMC is claiming to be third largest party, BSP is claiming to be third largest party, SP is claiming to be third largest party, JD(U) is claiming to be third largest party. I think they all should sit together and discuss who will come third, fourth or fifth.”
On Narendra Modi’s rally in Kolkata where he went soft on Banerjee, Naidu said,”none should try to misinterpret Narendra Modi’s comment. We believe in the federal structure. We believe in working together with all the states. We don’t believe in threats to dismiss state governments once we come to power,” he said.