1. Lalu Prasad, Farooq Abdullah want to create “federal front” to challenge BJP; Mamata Banerjee supports idea

Lalu Prasad, Farooq Abdullah want to create “federal front” to challenge BJP; Mamata Banerjee supports idea

Leaders of some non-BJP and non-Congress parties have suggested formation of a "federal front" at the Centre to challenge the BJP.

By: | Kolkata | Published: May 27, 2016 5:19 PM
Lalu Prasad Yadav Lalu Prasad said, “It is necessary to defeat the BJP as the party and Sangh Parivar are out to divide the country.”

Leaders of some non-BJP and non-Congress parties on Friday suggested formation of a “federal front” at the Centre to challenge the BJP and said they might sit together to discuss such a possibility.

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who took oath as the West Bengal Chief Minister for the second consecutive term, supported the idea saying she would cooperate if such a front was formed by “like-minded parties”.

Lalu Prasad, who was in Kolkata to attend the swearing-in ceremony, told reporters, “It is necessary to defeat the BJP as the party and Sangh Parivar are out to divide the country. There is no ‘vikas’ (development) under the Modi government.”

He said all “secular and like-minded” parties would have to sit together and discuss the formation of a front against the BJP.

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said there was a possibility of formation of a federal front at the Centre.

“There are many like-minded parties and leaders and Mamata Banerjee is one of them,” he said, adding “it is a great day for democracy and for the secular fabric of the country”.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, however was non-committal, saying, “We have come here to greet her. It’s a great day for all of us and for democracy.” Banerjee, when asked about such a front, said, “I am ready to cooperate if such a front is formed. We have to discuss it with like-minded parties”.

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    VIVEK
    May 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    With super s like Lalu , Farooq, Mulayam ,Gowda, hi and Chautala, the opposition will never be able to stop BJP. BJP is a efficient political juggernaut. Unlike Congress, they rectify their mistake fast and it will take more than such inconsequential meeting to stop it. Most of these leaders are busy promoting their own kith and kins even as they don't have an alternative model of governance. RJD/JDU were lucky this time to s through in Bihar, next time they may not another life if they continue to govern poorly.
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