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Mar 13, 2009 at 12:26am IST

Third Front takes rebirth, pledges to win

Tumkur: Call it Act 2 for the Third Front- leaders of eight parties including the Left came together in Tumkur Karnataka to announce their non-congress, non-BJP alternative ahead of the elections.

And the Third Front has taken rebirth. Some are potential kingmakers. Others were not even there, yet decided to send their message through their representatives. The message was thumbs down to the BJP thumbs down to the Congress.

"Congress and the BJP are both corrupt,” says TDP chief Chandra Babu Naidu.

“BJP has misled the people of the country," adds CPI(M) chief, Prakash Karat.

This was supposed to be a gathering sending shivers down the spine of the national parties. Instead both the congress and the BJP are looking at them as potential customers, whose support they may require in fulfilling their own power ambitions.

“There is no stability of this group. All of them will be running after the UPA or the NDA post polls," says Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In July last year, when a similar group was formed, the leader was Mayawati. This time Mayawati has joined this front just 24 hrs ago, and any announcement will be made later

With parties like the AIADMK and TDP on the comeback trail in their states, the Third Front is bound to throw up a formidable number. The question is whether these parties stay together post elections.