Former prime minister and Janata Dal-secular president HD Deve Gowda expressed confidence that the prospect of third front can be a reality. He also said that the Telugu Desam Party and Left are in touch with him regarding constitution of an alternative to the Congress and BJP.

"An alternative front will emerge and I am sure of that," Gowda told reporters in Bangalore. The JD-S chief said that neither a Congress-led alliance nor a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led group would come to power in New Delhi after the 2014 Lok Sahba elections.

"An alternative front, call it by whatever name, will take shape and form the government," Gowda asserted. He refuted reports, which emerged in a section of the media in Bangalore that he and former BJP leader and Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) president BS Yeddyurappa had talks on possible merger of the two parties to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Gowda also noted that Yeddyurappa is now hinting that he might go back to the BJP. The JD-S had won only three of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in the 2009 elections. It had seat adjustments with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) which have little presence in the state now.

The BJP, which was in power in the state then, had won 19 and the Congress bagged six. Now since the Congress has returned to power in the state, defeating the BJP in the May 5 Assembly polls, it has started zeroing on candidates for the Lok Sabha election as it wants to win more than 20 seats this time.

(Agencies)

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