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Talk of Third Front continues

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

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

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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