Cong dismisses Patnaik`s ideal of a ‘Third Front’

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 22:17

New Delhi: Congress Thursday dismissed Odisha
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s idea of a Third Front, saying
it was aware of the fate such a proposition has met in the
past.

"We have heard and seen a lot about such a Front as also
its fate", party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary told reporters.

She was responding to questions over Patnaik mooting an
alternative front to provide a transparent government at the
Centre as the ruling UPA was "discredited" and "corruption
ridden" and NDA "communally tainted".
"I certainly feel there is a need for a new front which
will be transparent, corruption free and of course secular,"
Patnaik had said. He has been uniting told reporters
non-Congress Chief Ministers over the proposed powers to the
National Counter Terrorism Centre under the Ministry of Home
Affairs.

The CPI-M, which had earlier been a votary of a third
alternative, has already ruled out forming a Third Front
inspite of electoral disasters in West Bengal and Kerala.

The CPI-M is now stressing that it would endeavour for a
Left and democratic alternative.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 22:17

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