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Left, LJP lukewarm to third front

Saturday 8 April 2006

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Left parties and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) did not show much enthusiasm for the third front announced on Thursday by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said it had its own formulation about a third front while the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) felt the proposed alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should meet certain preconditions. Mr. Paswan dismissed the front as "unviable" as one without the Congress or the BJP would never be able to form the Government at the Centre.

CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat said: "Our party has its own understanding of what should constitute the third alternative. We will discuss the matter in the context of the overall political situation after the Assembly elections are over." Mr. Karat had said earlier that a third front could only be formed through a people’s movement.

The CPI also said there was "no such readymade thing" about the third alternative. "Whatever may be the front or alternative, it must emerge from a people’s movement on two planks, fighting communalist-fascist politics and neo-liberal, anti-people economic policies," said CPI national secretary D. Raja.

Congress reaction

The Congress on Friday dismissed the formation of an alternate political front by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu.

"Mr. Yadav has been trying to form such a front since the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power and it took him two years to just get to this point," Congress spokesman Rajiv Shukla said here.

See online : The Hindu

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