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Updated: February 11, 2014 00:26 IST

This is the real front: Nitish

Rahi Gaikwad
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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during the World Congress on Agroforestry-2014 in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: S. Subramanium
The Hindu Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during the World Congress on Agroforestry-2014 in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: S. Subramanium

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said here on Monday that the new federal front of regional parties is the “real front” offering a true alternative to the people.

“The media calls it the third front. This is the ‘asli morcha’ [real front]. It’s giving [rivals] tense moments even before its formation,” Mr. Kumar told reporters in Patna on his return from Delhi, where he met leaders of the Left and the Janata Dal (Secular).

“This will be the biggest and most effective front. It will be an alternative to the current situation in the true sense. It will provide an alternative in the country. The country has been disillusioned with the Congress and UPA. Disillusionment is an understatement. The people have turned against them. Therefore, there is a need for a right alternative and not an alternative that leaves people feeling cheated later,” Mr. Kumar said.

Asked about the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi’s attempts to address the Dalit voters, Mr. Kumar said, “Today someone will say let’s play the communal card, tomorrow they will say let’s play the backward class card. It does not work like that. The person who believes in social justice can never be communal.”

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