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How Real Is Third Front Proposition For BJD?


17 March 2018

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: Amid the clarion call of Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo-cum-West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee harping on a third front political force formation by all the regional parties in a bid to launch a formidable fight against BJP as has been the recent victorious outcome in UP and Bihar due to the united fight against the saffron party, the long-cherished proposal for a Third Front has gained momentum once again.

Even a regional satrap like BJD chieftain and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been till date maintaining its party’s prime agenda of equidistance from Congress and BJP, has recently not ruled out the Third Front proposition during his media reactions under the current political scenario.

Notwithstanding that he has been ducking the issue meticulously and has maintained a studied silence keeping the card close to his chest. In this context, senior BJD MP Pinaki Mishra viewed, “A violent anti-BJP mood prevails in the country now. Because, they (BJP Government at the Centre) have utterly disrupted the entire economic chain. Following this, the poor have been affected the most.”

“In the coming general elections, the regional parties will hundred percent play a very very important role. There’s no doubt about it. Only the regional parties have checked the BJP in actual term,” he averred. On the contrary, senior BJP leader and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram reacted, “Let’s wait and watch. Our Government at the Centre is robust, no question of toppling down, it will run smoothly.”

“Third Front experiment has been done many times which has resulted in a fiasco. This time also it will fail. Third Front is failed plan and will fail must,” the seasoned politician quipped.

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Pinaki Mishra, MP (Lok Sabha), BJD

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Jual Oram, Union Minister, Tribal Affairs