Mamata Banerjee hints at formation of Third Front

Kolkata/New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she had spoken to both Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the formation of a 'federal front'.

"When they will respond in a positive way, I will let you know. But discussions are going on. We are friends and we can talk," she told mediapersons outside her office in Kolkata.

Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi met the TMC supremo at her office in Kolkata today.

Naveen Patnaik on his part today mentioned that there are possibilities of a Third Front surfacing during the next elections.

Patnaik, who is the chief of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), termed this new front as a healthy trend.

"Well its early day as yet, let's hope for the best, we will see in the future. It is a healthy trend," he told the media in New Delhi.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav ruled out any possibility of BJP and Congress winning back the power in next general elections.

"After the election of 2014 or 2013 whenever the elections take place, a clear situation would emerge before everybody. It has been decided that apart from Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), other parties in this country would come to power after winning majority in the general elections," said Yadav, while interacting with the media in New Delhi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, claimed that the formation of any kind of front doesn't matter, as the main competition would still be between the BJP and the Congress Party.

"In the upcoming elections, the agenda would be the determination of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) to move forward on the path of development, what was witnessed by the people of this country and also the corrupt regime of Congress, when we were stuck in the web of inflation, corruption and other international problems throughout these nine and the half years," said BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

"Apart from this, different parties keep on making different fronts and keep fighting, so this would continue too," he added.

The latest development with regard to the formation of a Third Front at the Centre comes just days after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was elevated as the chairman of BJP's campaign committee for 2014 Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)


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