'Political dinner' starts at Mayawati's residence in New Delhi

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New Delhi, March 15 (ANI): The 'political dinner' has started at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's residence here just a while ago with leaders representing all eleven parties of the newly formed Third Front being present. he first meeting of the Third Front since its launch in Karnataka is crucial, as the name of coalition's prime ministerial candidate is likely to be decided, besides a discussion on the poll strategy.

Also the dinner party holds significance, as a decision over projection of Third Front's Prime Ministerial candidate is likely to affect the support and strength of the front.

Although the BSP has denied that Mayawati has given any ultimatum to the Third Front over prime ministerial ambitions, sources claim that she is all set to emerge as the top nominee after today's meeting.

Mayawati's party has already announced that it would contest the Lok Sabha elections alone.

Leaders of four Left parties and that of the TDP, TRS, AIADMK, JD(S) and Haryana Janhit Congress are present in the dinner meet.

Meanwhile, Mayawati may address a press conference later in the evening.

In Lok Sabha elections 2004, the Third Front managed to get 59 seats. This year, big partners like TDP and AIDMK along with Mayawati's BSP are aiming for 140-150 seats.

With BJD joining the coalition, other smaller parties of the NDA or the UPA are likely to the follow the suit, and make the so-called lightweight a powerful alternative. (ANI)

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