Third Front good for the country, says Naveen

Published: 14th June 2013 07:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2013 07:55 AM   |  A+A-

Amidst calls by Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a ‘Federal Front’, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appeared to be positively inclined towards the option.

Asked whether he would join the Federal Front, Patnaik said he would certainly look into the matter.

Talking to the media after returning from New Delhi on Thursday, he said that such a front was good for the country.  “I think it will be a healthy thing for the country to have a Federal Front or a Third Front,” he said.

  Patnaik, however, kept his cards close to chest on the matter by stating that it is still early days. “Let’s see how things will proceed,” he said.

The Odisha CM also said that nothing had been decided on the proposed front yet.

The BJD chief on Tuesday had indicated that he was open to joining a Third Front or a Federal Front of regional parties before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

However, he was non-committal on whether Left parties could be part of such a grouping. Patnaik led a delegation of BJD MPs and MLAs to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee with one crore signatures demanding special category status to Odisha.

“The president said that he will go through the memorandum and submit it to the Centre,” he said.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp