Jaipur: Rajasthan politics is all set to witness the rise of third front as some disgruntled leaders of the BJP and the Congress have started the exercise ahead of the Assembly polls which is slated to take place two and half years later.

The upcoming front would be led by Dausa MP Dr Kirori Lal Meena,who had contested as an independent candidate after leaving the BJP camp. Along with him, BJP leader and former Union Minister of State Kailash Meghwal, senior Congress leader Dr Hari Singh and former Minister Amin Khan would join the front, sources revealed.

All the three leaders have a strong political base in their region and are reportedly disgruntled with their party.

Efforts  to launch this third front within the next two-three months have been expedited with almost a dozen leaders assessing each Assembly constituency on caste and political lines .

Among the key protagonists of the front, Congress leader Dr Hari Singh is considered as an arch -rival of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Singh, who has been an MP from Sikar and an MLA from Phulera Assembly seat maintains a strong hold in the Jat community.

Another disgruntled leader from Congress is Amin Khan, a Muslim leader of Barmer, who has recently been removed from the Gehlot Cabinet for passing  comments against President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Similarly, BJP leader Kailash Meghwal, who has been close to former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and is not maintaining a good political rapport  with the present leadership in the state. Since he was neglected in the party for quite a long  time, Merghwal is playing a crucial role in the formation of the third front.

Dr Meena, the man behind initiative to form the third front has  been associated with the BJP for a long time but left the party over some differences with former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and some other leaders.


After renouncing the party, Meena fielded over half-a-dozen independent candidates in the Assembly polls and out of them four came out victorious.

There was a political bargain when Dr Meena’s wife, Golma Devi, who won as an independent became Minister of State for Khadi Industries for extending support to Ashok Gehlot government which was in minority.

Since Meena is an influential leader of his community, he is making a strategy to form the third front with an alliance of Meena, Jat, Dalit and Muslim communities to field candidates in 200 constituencies in the forhcoming assembly polls.

JD-U’s national Vice President Chandraraj Singhvi is also extending support to the upcoming front claiming that the front will form the next Rajasthan government.

JPN/Bureau