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‘Efforts to form the third front have made Congress jittery’
BJP has to be checked, CPI leader quotes JD(S) president as saying
Bangalore: The prospects of an emerging non-Bharatiya Janata Party, non-Congress combine as a political alternative in Karnataka in the Lok Sabha elections were discussed at a breakfast meeting between national secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) D. Raja, and president of the Janata Dal (Secular) H.D. Deve Gowda here on Sunday.
Mr. Raja, who was here to attend the State committee meeting of the CPI, met Mr. Deve Gowda along with S. Sudhakar Reddy, MP and deputy general secretary of the CPI, Siddanagowda Patil, State secretary of the CPI, and party leader M.C. Narasimhan.
“We discussed the third front that the CPI, CPI (M) and the JD(S) will forge with the Telugu Desam in Andhra Pradesh and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Raja said.
“The Congress is getting jittery on the emergence of such a front. On the one hand, they question its existence, but on the other they keep talking about it,” he said. According to Mr. Raja, Mr. Deve Gowda said that the time had come to stop the BJP from “playing havoc” in Karnataka.
“The BJP is in a moral crisis reflected in the Shekhawat-Advani conflict. The Congress has responded weakly to the financial crisis. The people will not forgive them for failing to address livelihood issues,” he said.
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