Third Front Meet in B'lore Next Month - The New Indian Express

Third Front Meet in B'lore Next Month

Published: 17th January 2014 10:36 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:36 AM

The Chief Ministers of Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are likely to attend a meeting of the Third Front here in February to chalk out strategies for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

According to sources, leaders of Left parties, Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik, J Jayalalithaa and Akhilesh Yadav or SP national president Mulayam Singh Yadav, YSR Congress president Jagmohan Reddy and representatives from other regional parties are likely to attend the meeting scheduled for first or second week of February.

Janata Dal (Secular) national president H D Deve Gowda has convened the meeting to fight against the Congress-led UPA or BJP-led NDA from coming to power at the Centre.

“This will be the first meeting towards working out a common strategy to take on the Congress and BJP in the Lok Sabha polls,” sources said. “The UPA regime has witnessed a slew of scams and several ministers have been named in it. The country’s secularism would be at stake if the NDA comes to power. Under these circumstances, the Third Front would be the only option,” sources added.

Series of Rallies

In a bid to consolidate its position in the state, the JD(S) has planned a rally of elected representatives of urban local bodies and panchayat raj institutions in Bangalore on Friday. Around 10,000 delegates are expected to participate in the rally.

A women’s rally would be held in Tumkur, instead of Chitradurga. A youth convention of JD(S) would also be held in Bangalore on January 19.

A farmers’ rally would be held in a district either in Hyderabad-Karnataka or Mumbai-Karnataka region on February 9. The venue would be finalised in the next two to three days.

Another rally is planned in Malnad region to highlight the plight of people of this region and to raise problems of areca nut growers among others.

To counter the AHINDA convention of the Congress in Bangalore last week, the JD(S) would hold a rally of Backward Classes in Mysore.

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