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Bardhan questions feasibility of Federal Front

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Senior CPI leader A.B. Bardhan said that only alternative policies against the 'anti-people policies' of Congress and BJP is the way out for the people of India. A file photo.
The Hindu Senior CPI leader A.B. Bardhan said that only alternative policies against the 'anti-people policies' of Congress and BJP is the way out for the people of India. A file photo.

Opposing the idea of a Federal Front mooted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, veteran CPI leader A B Bardhan on Friday said such a platform was neither feasible nor would it inspire people’s confidence.

Instead, a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition pursuing credible alternate policies on people’s issues would be accepted by the electors.

“The idea of a ‘Federal Front’ floated by one or two Chief Ministers, which is supposed to bring together the Chief Ministers of states who have grievances against the step-motherly treatment meted out by the Congress-ruled Centre, is neither feasible nor likely to inspire confidence among the voters,” Mr. Bardhan said in a statement here.

He said the people wanted a government whose policies were opposed to the ‘anti-people policies’ being pursued by the UPA government.

“These policies have also the support of opposition BJP which is now set on a strident communal course with the elevation of Narendra Modi,” Mr. Bardhan said.

He said that only a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition “which pursues credible alternate policies on people’s issues and which steers the country on a Left and democratic course is the need of the hour.”

“Such a programme-based coalition government can emerge through struggles and may be after the polls. Only such a Front can provide a viable alternative to the present dispensation,” the veteran leader said, adding that the Left parties were working towards that end.

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A Third Front or a Federal Front without the Left Parties is a joke. I think Mamata Banerjee needs to be kept out of this front if it happens at all! And leaders like Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and others need to take a pro-active stand in giving the country a third alternative (option) to vote! Also, leaders of the AAP like Arvind Kejriwal need to be part of this front.

from:  devulapalli chakravarty
Posted on: Jun 14, 2013 at 18:16 IST

All these regional parties are opportunistic political parties, always
look for personal benefits. It is time for us to debate on bi-party
system at the Centre. There may be several regional parties at the state
level, but while contesting the general election, they should support
either NDA or UPA. And the Law should not allow them to withdraw support
from the government in mid-way.

from:  parida
Posted on: Jun 14, 2013 at 18:14 IST
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