Nitish, Mulayam pitch for Third Front
Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday made a pitch for the formation of the Third Front.
In Patna, Kumar said: "We are in talks for the Third Front. We are supporting the initiative of the Left. Both Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be our enemies."
In Lucknow, Yadav said: "After winning Uttar Pradesh, it's time for us to win Delhi."
"We will play a big role in forming the government at the Centre," he said.
Earlier on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said only her party can bring a 'poribartan' (change) at the Centre and act as a viable alternative with other parties to keep away both the Congress and the BJP.
Addressing a Martyrs Day rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata to commemorate July 21, 1993 police firing that had killed her supporters, Banerjee kicked off her Lok Sabha poll campaign saying: "We don't want a government in Delhi that supports and is involved in rioting. We want a government that will bring in a change in the country, that will work for the development of the country, that will work for the betterment of the people."
"Neither BJP nor the Congress is the alternative to each other. It is the TMC that is the new alternative at the Centre as only we can bring in 'paribartan' (change) in the entire India like we did in West Bengal," she said.
"Defeat both Congress and BJP crushingly in the Lok Sabha polls," he urged voters and gave a call to march to Delhi.
"A federal front of the states is necessary to empower the voice of the states. We do not want riot-stained people to form a government. We want a government that works for united India," said Banerjee.
She urged everyone to root out corruption and save the nation.
Banerjee said the dynastic rule in Delhi should end as she targetted the Congress without naming the Gandhi scion (Rahul Gandhi).
"They have hiked price of everything. Except the price of a human life," said Banerjee referring to the UPA government in New Delhi from where she walked out over economic issues.
"We had a record turnout today. We will break our own record after Poriborton [change] at Delhi," said Banerjee.
Pointing to the massive gathering, Banerjee said "you need compassion, not money, to win hearts of people."
(Posted on 01-02-2014)