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Third Front plays it big, wants to rule


Smitha Nair,CNN-IBN
Mar 11, 2009 at 11:12pm IST

New Delhi: It is the game of the alliance index- and as the big two struggle to keep their flock together- the Third Front promises to rise like the phoenix from the ashes.

“This third front will be formidable,” says JD(S) Chief, Deve Gowda.

On March 12, eight political parties- will share the dais in Tumkur in Karnataka to formally announce a non-cong non-BJP alternative- But the proposed show of strength is already not turning out to be quite as planned.

Mayawati has chosen to stay away from the rally and the Anna DMK Chief Jayalalitha smarting from the congress snub is only sending an emissary.

But the BJD's split from the NDA has come as a shot in the arm- with attempts being made to woo Patnaik into this fold.

"We are making a call to all secular parties," says CPI(M) leader, Sitaram Yechury.

This development nevertheless will be keenly watched from both sides of the political aisle

"Both within the NDA and UPA, the non-congress and non-BJP parties while supporting their respective alliance today, tomorrow if they see a third front gaining significant number of seats. And being in a position to be the focus of political activity, I actually see those who are today with the NDA and UPA actually breaking bread with what may emerge as the third front tomorrow," says Prof Sandeep Shastri of the CSDS.

Post poll possibilities are immense, but even as these parties take the vow on Thursday to defeat the Congress and BJP formations- many in this motley group are suspect and could be weaned away just as easily by either of the big two.

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