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JD(U) dismisses talk of Third Front

NDA constituent JD(U) on ruled out the possibility of a Third Front coming to power, saying any major political alliance in the country will either be led by Congress or BJP.

New Delhi: NDA constituent JD(U) on ruled out the possibility of a Third Front coming to power, saying any major political alliance in the country will either be led by Congress or BJP.

Maintaining that it would play a "key" role in government formation after the nexy general elections, it said "NDA-plus" will be needed to oust the Congress from power and voiced confidence that more parties would join hands with the BJP led alliance.

"We know only two political fronts in the country and those are UPA and NDA," Party General Secretary KC Tyagi said while replying to question over the possibility of a Third Front coming into power after next general elections as predicted by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"All major political fronts in the country will either be based on Congress or BJP.

There is no other major power," he added.

Asked what role JD(U) will play, the party MP from Rajya Sabha said, "We will be a key constituent and a key ally for it. We have an important role to play."
Tyagi also said that to uproot Congress from power, support of other allies will be needed by the NDA.

"Once Atal Behari Vajpayee had said that whenever NDA comes to power and if we have to uproot Congress, there will be a requirement of NDA-plus alliance and the NDA-plus will definitely happen," he said.

JD(U) also presented a resolution on country`s external affairs policy and criticised the government for losing its standing in international fora.

"Never ever in the history we had such a bad standing in the international fora. The host country of the BRICS summit recently did not meet our Prime Minister. In Bangladesh something similar happened when our President was visiting it. It is like no one gives any importance to India," he said.

Raising the Afghan issue, Tyagi said with the US deciding to pull out its troops, the terrorist groups there are ready to move their focus to India but the government appears "ignorant" of the fact.

"Government of India is not at all bothered. No one knows what will happen after the US pulls out its forces from Afghanistan. The Afghan terror groups are ready to focus on India," he said.

The party also presented its resolution over Kashmir and demanded that a high powered committee be set up to present a report over the state.

"So many young people and soldiers have died there. Present Finance Minister P Chidambaram had set up a committee over it but it had no representation of any political activist. We demand a high powered committee to evaluate the situation there," Tyagi said.

He also said that curfew had been imposed in several parts of Kashmir after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"It is a reflection of the fragile situation there. We need to understand it properly to take necessary action," he said.

Replying to queries on JD(U) pressurising BJP to announce its PM candidate, he said, "We have a relation of love with BJP and no pressure is put in love. In love you persuade people."

Asked whether BJP leaders are convinced with the resolutions passed by the JD(U), Tyagi said, "I am no one to comment on this. Only a BJP leader will be best suited to answer this."

In reply to a question as why the issue of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ruled JD(U) meet for the last two days, Tyagi said, "There is no such thing. It is all media creation. We did not discuss the name of any person in last two days."


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