Need for a third front arises?


Mumbai: The overwhelming response to the bandh on Wednesday, which was called by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar Prakash Ambedkar along with Left parties and social organisations, once again points to the possibility of a third front.

Maharashtra witnessed the first attempt to set up a third front against the Congress-NCP and the Shiv Sena-BJP in the 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

The alliance was named Republican Davi Lokshahi Samiti (Ridalos) and its constituents were a faction of the Republican Party led by Ramdas Athawale, Left parties, and smaller parties like Janata Dal. The front could not win more than three Assembly seats: all from CPI(M).

Mr. Ambedkar is emerging as a top Dalit leader, bypassing Mr. Athawale, who is a Central minister.

When asked about the possibility, Mr. Ambedkar laughed and said it is too long a process. “It won’t be possible to speak about it at present. We have to go a long way and others should also be asked about it.”

CPI(M)’s central committee member Ashok Dhavale said that his party has been in the forefront of forming a political alternative. “It cannot be denied that we want to pave the way for an alternative in today’s political scenario. But our party will take a call at the conference.”

Mr. Dhavale also said that the formation of the third front should be on the basis of farmer agitations to make it more inclusive.

According to political analyst Dr. Surendra Jondhale, the bandh also exposed the anger against the government, which the opposition has failed to cash in on. “The past example of third front can be implemented, and this agitation should be seen as a first step towards achieving it.”

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