The Janata Dal (Secular) is hopeful of a third front rule at the Centre and said the AIADMK would sweep all the 40 seats in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
The party’s national general secretary Neelalohithadasan Nadar and the State president Mohammed Ismail, who were here told reporters that majority of the people were expecting a change in government and the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP government.
Both the leaders visited Gudiyattam on Tuesday to take part in a consultative meeting, organized by the local unit of the party. They said “In order to fulfil this expectation, a third front was being formed and two rounds of talks had already been conducted in Delhi so far,” they noted.
They said those who had split from Janata Dal had formed nine regional parties in various States and ‘our leader Deve Gowda was busy uniting all these splinter groups now under one umbrella.’ In TN, as the Communist parties had extended support to the ruling AIADMK and if the third front was able to coordinate with all the small parties, it would certainly get a majority in Parliament, they added.
In the past general elections, Congress and BJP had obtained less than 50 per cent votes but had ruled the country, which clearly showed that majority of people were not interested in supporting the two parties. “This gives us hope that the third front would have better chances of forming the government this time,” they said.
They also dismissed the impression of ‘Modi wave’ as ‘exaggeration,’ created by a large section of the media.