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March 13, 2009

Third front launched ahead of polls

A grand alliance of nine parties has been forged to provide a non-Congress and non-BJP alternative to the electorate just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The leaders of these parties gathered at Tumkur near Bangalore in Karnataka. The parties include CPI, CPM, Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), BSP and JD(S).

The party leaders vowed to provide an alternative to the Indian voter with the plank of pro-Dalit, pro-poor and pro-minority government upon coming to power at the Centre.

Though Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati didn't attend the meeting, she sent her trusted lieutenant Satish Mishra to participate in the event. AIADMK leader Jayalalitha was also absent and sent her representative.

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Devegowda along with Communist leaders Prakash Karat and AB Bardhan addressed the gathering. The Congress and the BJP have dismissed the attempt of the third front parties though analysts say that the alliance may play a crucial role in case of a hung Parliament.

TIH Bureau

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