"This third party idea is an idea of a defeatist mind. Once they (Congress) know that they are not winning, now their leaders are suggesting that they will support (a Third Front),” said Javadekar.

"But let me tell you, the way they supported and withdrew support during earlier regimes of so-called Third Front governments, that is Charan Singh, Chandrasekhar, Deve Gowda, I K Gujral, Congress' credibility as ruling party is already over. But Congress' reputation as a supporting party has also gone to dogs. Therefore, nobody believes in any Congress support," he added.

Javadekar, who was replying to a query on the possibility of a Third Front emerging after the general elections, alleged the leaders of so-called Third Front cannot see eye to eye in their respective states.

"There are so many inner contradictions. So-called Third Front is not only non-NDA (but also) non-UPA. How they will deal with it. TMC and CPI (M) cannot be on board, SP and BSP cannot be on one platform, DMK and AIADMK cannot be together, Lalu and Nitish cannot walk together. There are inner contradictions. This talk about third party is only in the newspapers, nothing more than that," he said.

Javadekar further said the NDA would get a clear mandate in the elections, which leaves no scope for emergence of a Third Front.

(JPN/Agencies)

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