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Mayawati's move in MP, Chhattisgarh triggers speculation about Third Front

Though the emergence of the third front could benefit the BJP most in the assembly and the Lok Sabha polls, but it would also weaken the prospect of the Congress in these elections.

Published: 21st September 2018 02:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2018 06:47 PM   |  A+A-

BSP supremo Mayawati and Janata Congress Chhatisgarh President Ajit Jogi during a press conference to annouce their alliance for assembly polls in Chhatisgarh. (Photo | PTI)

BSP supremo Mayawati and Janata Congress Chhatisgarh President Ajit Jogi during a press conference to annouce their alliance for assembly polls in Chhatisgarh. (Photo | PTI)

By UNI

LUCKNOW: The 'unexpected' move by BSP president Mayawati to ally with Ajit Jogi's party in Chhattisgarh along with her decision to 'go alone' in Madhya Pradesh has given political analysts yet another opportunity to speculate emergence of a Third Front before the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Though the emergence of the third front could benefit the BJP most in the assembly and the Lok Sabha polls, but it would also weaken the prospect of the Congress in these elections.

A senior BSP leader told UNI here on Friday that there are talks with Left, Samajwadi Party and other secular parties who are opposed both to BJP and the Congress for a third front alliance before the Lok Sabha polls.

The BSP leader claimed that the talks between his party and Congress was still underway and there is quite a possibility of alliance in Rajasthan and in some parts of Madhya Pradesh.

"BSP is open to alliance but on the other hand we will not do anything to lesser our respect as we are the only party in the country, who has the capacity to shift our vote bank," the leader said.

BSP had already entered an understanding with Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana.

On Thursday, BSP inked a pre-poll alliance with Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) for Chhattisgarh assembly polls.

While Ajit Jogi will be the CM candidate of the alliance, BSP will contest 35 seats and the rest 55 would be contested by Janata Congress.

The BSP also announced 22 assembly candidates for Madhya Pradesh hinting that they could go alone in the assembly polls.

In UP too there is a possibility of a Third front during the Lok Sabha polls as BSP and Samajwadi Party are not that keen for Congress. But, the political parties could decide on the UP issue only after the election results of the assembly polls in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and other states to be held this year.

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