The meeting comes a week after the top leaders of the non-Congress and non-BJP parties met to chalk out a common strategy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. It was also decided to convene a meeting at the end of the Parliament session, which concluded on Friday.

“With 11 parties confirming their attendance, talks of a federal block would start taking formal shape,” JD (U) national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi had said.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury had described the likely alliance as a ‘First Front’. He had said that the aim is to formulate policies which would bring relief on the economic front and protect people from communal forces.

JD (U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, CPI leader AB Bardhan, JD (S) leader HD Deve Gowda, Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas are among those who will be attending the meet.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has ruled out joining the front, while Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad has called it a failure.

"In the ‘Third Front’, everyone wants to be the PM. I cannot be a part of it," Lalu had said.

During the meeting, it is expected that Left leaders would put forth three broad areas where the parties can work together.


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