JD(U) hoping to bring all non-Congress, non-BJP parties together

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 17:54

New Delhi: Accusing BJP of harming Opposition unity on corruption, price rise and other issues, former NDA ally JD(U) on Tuesday resolved to bring non-Congress non-BJP forces on one platform on October 30 as an effective alternative but shied away from calling it Third Front.

Interestingly, representatives from J Jayalalithaa`s party AIADMK and Naveen Patnaik`s Biju Janta Dal will also be attending the meeting along with leaders from CPI-M, CPI, JD(U), Samajwadi Party, and some parties from northeast.

BJP looks at AIADMK and BJD as its possible allies after next Lok Sabha polls.
JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, who along with Left has played a key role in organising the proposed `Convention Against Communalism and For Unity of People`, however, said that though this cannot be called any Third Front shaping up, the "effort is to bring all non-Congress non-BJP parties, who are against price rise and corruption of the present government."

The invitation letter for the meeting sent to parties by CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, however, makes the agenda amply clear.

"Communal riots are increasing in the country. Communal forces are involved in fanning communal tension, which is provoking communal violence. The communal riots breaking out in Muzaffarnagar is a matter of concern for all of us.

"This has become necessary that democratic and secular forces reply to this challenge by coming together, maintain the unity of people and protect secularism," it says adding that the convention is being organised to bring secular and democratic forces together.

Sources said Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar (JDU) from Bihar, Akhilesh Yadav (SP) from Uttar Pradesh, Neiphiu Rio (Nagaland People`s Front)from Nagaland, Manik Sarkar (CPI-M) from Tripura will attend the meet.

Yadav`s party has already formalised an alliance with CPI-M and CPI in Rajasthan along with some smaller parties and with CPI and other parties in Chhattisgarh in assembly polls.

He denied suggestions that JD(U), which had parted ways from BJP over projection of Narendra Modi, can come back to the NDA fold if Modi takes a back seat.

"All this is absurd. We parted ways on an issue of principle. It`s a different matter, if they change their principles. They (BJP) do not say it but their purpose is to divide the nation. Ever since the NDA broke up the debate in the country has shifted to non-issues," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 17:54

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