Some regional parties have yet again come together to experiment with the idea of a non-Congress, non-BJP front. Since the Trinamool Congress has initiated the proposal, the Left is unlikely to become part of the federal front.
With Narendra Modi getting stronger on the national scene and the Trinamool becoming a strong regional party, a realignment of forces will be inevitable. If the Left parties and the minorities support the Congress in 2014, we may see UPA III come to power.
The jaded idea of a “third front” has been revived again; this time with a different name. The single most important factor for the visualisation of the front is Narendra Modi.
Ms Banerjee’s clout in West Bengal is on the wane. The JD (U)’s defeat in the recent by-election has sobered down Nitish Kumar. Naveen Patnaik’s fervent appeal for a “special status” to Orissa could not have come at a more opportunistic time. The Left parties have been traditionally with the third front but Ms Banerjee cannot coexist with the Left. Where does all this leave the so-called “federal front?”