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Third Front, Left may come together: Jayalalithaa

Sunday 1 July 2007

NEW DELHI: In a sharp attack on Sonia Gandhi, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa has suggested that the Congress was ’untouchable’ and said it was "certainly possible" for the newly formed third front and the Left to come together in the future.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister also said there might be no other alternative to the newly formed Third Front christened as United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) other than abstaining from the Presidential poll. "There has been no further development after that so we stay with that..." she said recalling that the UNPA has resolved not to support a candidate backed by the UPA or by the NDA.

In an interview, she said "there may be no other alternative for us at this point of time... You see this is a collective decision" when asked whether the Front would abstain than supporting the NDA backed independent Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

Hitting out at Gandhi, the AIADMK leader, who has been raising the foreign origin issue of the Congress chief, alleged that Gandhi was the "power behind the throne" and the country was witnessing an "unhealthy situation" as she was controlling the entire administration of the nation.

Asked why in many of her statements she was so angry about Gandhi, Jayalalithaa said "it is hardly 60 years since we won our Independence and is it for this that our ancestors and forefathers shed their blood, gave their lives, sacrificed their all to place India at the feet of a foreign power, to put it more specifically a foreigner, a foreign woman?"

See online : The Times of India

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