Eleven non-Congress and non-BJP parties came together on Wednesday for an alliance ahead of the 2014 elections, signaling the emergence of a ‘Third Front’.
Leaders said they have come together for this Parliament session and would soon meet again to decide their strategy for the elections. The coming together of these regional parties show they also wanted to save their turf as BJP PM candidate Modi was pitching for full majority for his party, and the debutant AAP too was stealing the show with its aggressive pro-people pitch.
As for Modi, the coming together of these parties meant that they were not willing to align with him ahead of the elections.
Speaking at a well-attended rally in Kolkata, Modi said, “Let the Third Front see which way the wind is blowing. BJP will form the government after the polls.”
He went on to add acerbically, “The idea behind the Third Front is to make India a third-rate country. Eastern states have remained backward as these are ruled by Third Front parties... Time has come to bid farewell to this idea of third front from Indian politics forever.”
Ridiculing the Third Front parties’ credo, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “Whenever elections come, they (the Third Front constituents) start talking about poor people and harp on secularism. They have never worked to ensure that fruits of development reached the Muslims. They have considered them as just voters.”
The BJP also sided with its leader saying the Third Front was a futile attempt and would die down soon.
Deputy Leader of Opposition in RS, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said it was like a ritual before marriage and were failed attempts as the past has shown.