Taking a lead in this regard, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said there is a strong possibility of a non-BJP and non-Congress government formation by like-minded parties including JD-U, Left parties and other regional parties.

"We are keen on trying for a new front on the basis of understanding and cooperation to take on the Congress and the BJP in elections," he said.

The JD-U leader said his party along with the Left parties, including the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), had been working on forming a new political formation.

According to reports, leaders of AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal-United, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Left parties are planning to hold talks in this regard on February 5.

The top leaders of 14 regional parties are expected to meet in the national capital on February 5 to prepare the blueprint for the Third Front. This meeting is expected to be attended by JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Deve Gowda and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Mulayam, who has been constantly batting for the formation of Third Front, claimed that it would emerge as a strong force in the next general election and his party would garner maximum seats in Uttar Pradesh.

On Thursday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee blew the poll bugle for the general elections and renewed her call for a federal front of non-Congress and non-BJP parties.  

The West Bengal Chief Minister is likely to be another big player in the proposed 'Third Front'.

Left hints at emergence of an alternative combo

Dismissing the formation of a Third Front, CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat on Saturday said that about 10 non-Congress, non-BJP parties are willing to come together for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to provide a viable alternative.

"There is no Front as such. Nobody has talked about a Third Front. What we are trying to bring about is a combination of the non-Congress, non-BJP parties. After the elections, whether we will give it some concrete shape, that will depend on the election results.

But we will cooperate for the Lok Sabha elections. That is being worked out, how exactly we will cooperate," he told reporters here.

The proposed coalition of parties is expected to present a set of alternative policies.

"As against the Congress and BJP, what policies they are propagating, what Narendra Modi has put out is a more extreme version of the neo-liberal policies being pursued by the UPA government," Karat said.

"When we are going to go for the elections, we will present our alternative policies and agenda," he added.

Nitish Kumar rules out return to NDA

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday ruled out the Janata Dal-United's (JD-U) return to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA.

"There is no question of us (JD-U) returning to the NDA," Nitish Kumar said at a function here.

The Chief Minister's statement came a day after JD-U president Sharad Yadav reportedly said that his party may return to the NDA after the Lok Sabha polls.

However, Sharad Yadav on Saturday denied making such a statement.

The Janata Dal (United) parted ways with the BJP in June last year and ended a 17-year-old alliance with the saffron party over its decision to name Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.

JPN/Agencies

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