OPINION: THIRD FRONT Neither feasible nor possible!
Whenever the Lok Sabha elections are due, the ‘Third Front’ becomes the talk of the town because of various factors. One, both Congress and BJP, the major parties are not in a position, since long to form a single party government and both...
Whenever the Lok Sabha elections are due, the ‘Third Front’ becomes the talk of the town because of various factors. One, both Congress and BJP, the major parties are not in a position, since long to form a single party government and both the parties are dependent on other parties for alliance. It is also an admitted fact that as compared to Congress and BJP, the number of Lok Sabha members of state parties are quite on the higher side and in such circumstances, there is no surprise of dreaming high and thinking over forming of Third Front.
So far the reason for stepping up its efforts to launch ‘Third Front’ is the outcome of formal meeting between the Chief Ministers, Akhilesh Yadav from UP and Jaylalita from Tamilnadu and it is not objectionable to both of them. Earlier also Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief of Samajwadi Party has floated the idea to re-launch a non-Congress and non-BJP Third Front.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called for a third front at the national level as the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have both failed in their promises. Samajwadi Party believes that there should be a third front at the national level. The policies of Congress and BJP are not pro-poor as both the parties and their allies have failed to fulfill their promises and there is a bright opportunity for an alternative political grouping.
However, some parties have urged the Samajwadi Party chief and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to lead the nation and for that, the support should start from the south.
Even a few days back, Nitish Kumar had also uttered about the Third Front, the alliance with small party alliance does not work.
There was also a version from certain corners that the leader of the nation will be a person selected by backward classes, farmers and downtrodden and only a person who can understand the pains of poor can become the prime minister.
Another point was that the youths should be given the maximum representation as many parties do not give opportunity to the youth for reasons not known. But this fact cannot be denied that the Samajwadi Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh due to the backing of the youth.
The second problem is that in the event of Third Front coming into power, as to who will be the Prime Minister? The problem for this is because of competition between the senior leaders of various parties. The most of the state parties are ‘family parties’ and their existence is because of its leader. The other problem is that all the state parties cannot come at one platform like SP and BSP.
There is a big danger in trying the Third Front as the voters could be departed. The voter caste its vote with the intention that the government would run for full five years’ term and there is possibility that the voters may switch over to any national party.
It is also not advisable to shun the idea of Third Front as the voters may not think that the state parties have no alternative except to come to the major parties.
In fact, till such time there is uncertainty in the politics, the Third Front would continue to be a talk of the town because with this the political power of state parties is strengthened.
Though with the possibility of coming Third Front in power and having the support of any of the major political party from outside, yet its survival would not be possible perhaps on the issue, as to who may lead the country.
So the felling comes like this that the Third Front would not be a talk of the town so actively but will not even stop.
(Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of City Air News.)