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Jayalalithaa inclined to join third front: SP

Thursday 30 March 2006

Special Correspondent

"AIADMK will be a major constituent"

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is inclined to join the third front and has accepted the views of Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav, according to the party’s chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Uday Pratap Singh. Mr. Singh told reporters after inaugurating the State headquarters of the SP here on Wednesday that he was confident that the AIADMK would be one of the major constituents of the front.

The Left parties and Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu were open to the idea floated by the SP. It was in touch with some non-Congress, non-BJP parties, which had also shown interest.

People were tired of the United Progressive Alliance led by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. The third front was the only alternative.

Mr. Singh said the SP was strengthening its base outside Uttar Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu it would make its effective presence felt in the Assembly elections.

Foreseeing a change in the political scenario after the elections in five States, Mr. Singh said the Congress would be defeated in Kerala and West Bengal. It would fare badly in the other States. The election results would have a bearing on the Union Government.

State president of the SP M. Gopalakrishnan said the party had started receiving applications from aspirants for contesting the elections. It planned to contest 50 seats.

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