Possibility of Third Front before LS election:Buddhadeb

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Agartala, Feb 16 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today averred that the Left parties were in the process of forming a ''Third Front'' as an alternative to both the Congress and BJP before the next Lok Sabha election.

Addressing two election rallies in Khowai and Ranirbazar of West Tripura, Mr Bhattacharjee said anti-people policies of the Congress and communal stand of the BJP had compelled the secular forces of the country to set up ''Third Front'' sans both parties.

'' We are yet to set any timeframe for the formulation of the Front, but efforts are on to forge an alternative based on common programmes and policies, '' Mr Bhattacharjee added.

He flayed the UPA government for failing to tackle militancy and unemployment in the country, stating that the ruling coalition was fast losing its popularity due to the rising prices of essentials and petroleum products.

He assured people that developmental flow would continue in the state with the formation of the sixth Left Front government and criticised the Centre for its ''reluctant'' attitude towards Bangladesh sheltering Indian militants in its territory.

He said the Congress forged a pre-poll alliance with a party, which was the ''mask of militants'' and he termed the coalition as an ''unholy alliance''.

He iterated that during the Left Front regime, from road construction to education, everything had got a facelift, while the poor had got the sources to earn their livelihood.


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