With broad contours of a 'Third Force' emerging ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Government will have to face a new pressure group from the Opposition minus BJP on key issues as Parliament's extended winter session re-convenes on February 5.
Amid efforts by Left and other parties to form a non-Congress, non-BJP conglomeration, a meeting of Parliamentary party leaders from Left parties, SP, JDU, JDS, AIADMK, BJD, AGP and JVM (P) is scheduled in Parliament House Committee room on February 5 to work out a common floor strategy against the government.
The broad parameters for the strategy were decided in a meeting of CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav and JD(U) general secretary Ramgopal Yadav on February 27 in Delhi, sources said.
The issue of federal rights vis-a-vis Centre-States relation will provide the glue for these regional satraps to stick together, a senior politician associated with the exercise said.
JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said one factor which has clearly emerged after results of the assembly elections in four major states recently is that there is an anti-Congress mood in the country.
"If there is some non-Congress option other than BJP, people are ready to vote for it. This fact comes out from the result of Delhi Assembly elections in which a new party AAP formed government despite the presence of Congress and BJP.We are thinking on that."
The JD(U) leader also said that Congress has failed to check "communal forces" so the task has now come to regional parties. "We will check BJP. Regional parties are very strong in their specific states," he said.
The JD(U) leader said these parties put together have almost equal number of MPs, what the BJP has and hence the strategy in future is to keep a separate secular non-Congress identity for this block both in Parliament and outside.
Tyagi said there is the issue of Centre State relations. While the Centre realises taxes from states as well, most the schemes of public welfare are decided by the Centre be it MGNREGA or JNURRM. "Fifty percent of schemes should be decided by states for which central funding goes as the central fund is also from taxes collected from states," he said.
On February 5 when Parliament meets, the leaders of these parties will come together and try to formulate a common position on many issues.
Scope for a Third Front
Tyagi's remarks came a day after AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha clinched a deal with CPI for Lok Sabha polls.
JD(U), AIADMK, BJD, AGP, SP, JDS and JVM (P) had also attended the Convention Against Communalism on October 30.
JD(U) President Sharad Yadav has expressed confidence of non-Congress non-BJP parties coming together despite internal contradictions in some states citing examples from past and asserting that such a possibility exist for future as well.
JD(U), which walked out NDA in June last year, has made it clear that it will maintain equidistance from both Congress and BJP.