Won't support Third Front, Rahul Gandhi says in Amethi on Day 1

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Amethi, May 4: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to continue with his rally in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency which he represents, on Sunday. On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi ruled out prospects of his party supporting the Third Front to form the government after the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

Speaking to journalists on the first day of his campaigning here, Rahul Gandhi said his party would get the requited number of seats in this election and there would be no need to support any front.

A day before Gandhi made his remark, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said that a 1996-like situation could crop up after the elections and the Congress might have to be compelled to support a secular government at the Centre to keep the BJP out of power.

Rahul's words were not in tune to what some of Cong's senior leaders hinted at

Gandhi's remark also negates what some other senior leaders of the party had said about supporting a Third Front government. Union ministers like Salman Khurshid, AK Antony and P Chidambaram hinted at the idea of the Congress supporting the Third Front quite a few times even if to keep the NDA led by Narendra Modi out of power.

Rahul Gandhi's confident posturing might help the Congress supporters' morale get a boost but the truth of his assurance could be best gauged once the results come out on May 16.

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