The national executive of the Janata Dal (Secular) on Tuesday resolved to support an “alternative political front”, which, it said, will be a “combination of all regional secular parties supported by the Left front”.
Underlining the inevitability of forming the “alternative political front” in the changed political scenario, the two-day national executive here (which concluded today) urged all regional secular parties to formulate a pro-people socio-economic policy with the support of the Left front.
Considering the bitter experiences of disintegration of the “third front” in the post-Emergency India, the Janata Dal(S) cautioned against forming “half-baked third fronts” only to capture power without a broad ideological base. Briefing on the outcome of the national executive, Janata Dal(S) national president H.D. Deve Gowda said that the party had passed both political and economic resolutions “to cleanse politics and strengthen democratic institutions”.
If the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were dreaming of coming to power at the Centre on their own strengths, they would be disappointed. Coalition governments were now inevitable and the regional parties would play a major role in national polity. “Janata Dal(S) will extend all support to the alternative political front,” he announced.
He said that in the guise of globalisation, sovereignty of the country had been surrendered to multi-national companies and foreign corporates. “The most harmful of the acts is allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector and the insurance sector,” he remarked.
Demanding a strong Lok Pal and such other measures to check corruption, he observed that the Lok Pal mechanism was the only solution to address the phenomenon of corruption.
He said that the party wanted the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill to extend political reservation to women.