Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday indicated the possibility of forming a new coalition of like-minded political parties against the Congress and the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Interestingly, he eschewed from calling this new political alignment a Third or Fourth front. “There is a possibility of a new block in Parliament in future of many like-minded parties. We are discussing about it and the alliance could happen even before the general election,” Nitish told reporters.
He also said many constituents of the erstwhile Janata Dal family were in touch with each other and discussing the matter. “There is a strong possibility of these parties federating with each other,” Nitish said but ruled out any merger, saying all parties would maintain their identity. Party sources indicated that the Samajwadi Party (SP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), JD(U), JD(S) and the AIADMK are likely to be part of the new political alignment.
JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda also said there was a strong possibility of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance. Gowda said he has discussed the issue with Nitish, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamata Banerjee. “We will forge a formal front before the Lok Sabha poll,” he said. Meanwhile, Nitish is also exploring a tie-up with the Left, as his government enjoys the support of the CPI MLA.