Talk of Third Front continues
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Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:20
New Delhi: The talk of Third Front and mid-term polls in the wake of the mauling Congress and BJP got in the Assembly elections continued to do the rounds on Monday but not many political leaders actually appeared to be giving credence to such a possibility.

Whispers about a Third Front also grew in the light of the fact that Akali Dal and Samajwadi Party, which have won elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh respectively, sent out invites to leaders of parties and Chief Ministers across the divide.

Akhilesh Yadav, who will be Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, welcomed the debate on Third Front as a "good beginning" but refused to go beyond saying that.

"My priority now is to set UP on the road of prosperity," he said when asked by reporters further on the issue.

However, Biju Janata Dal, whose supremo and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has, of late, tried to united non-Congress Chief Ministers on federal issues, said efforts are on to form a "federal front" of like-minded parties.

"We are not not for Third Front or Fourth Front. We are for a federal front....We are in the making of a federal front," BJD leader B Mahtab told reporters.


First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:20

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