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Third Front a stillborn child: AICC spokesperson
Published on 19 Mar. 2009 11:05 PM IST
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Dubbing the newly formed Third Front in Assam a stillborn child, the Congress on Thursday recognised the AGP-BJP as its main Opposition in the coming Lok Sabha elections, though it tactfully kept options open for post-poll alliance with rival parties, including the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF). “The fight will be between the Congress and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)-BJP in Assam, between secularism, which the Congress stands for, and communalism, represented by the AGP-BJP forces,” AICC spokesperson Ashwini Kumar, who formally launched the partys campaign in the state on Thursday said. Claiming that the Third Front, comprising Left Parties, NCP and AUDF, would only be spoilers to some extent, he said, “Our only call to the Third Front is that do not split secular votes as it would only benefit the communal forces.” Maintaining that the Third Front would have hardly any bearing on the Congress performance, Kumar said, “It is a stillborn child. It has no agenda except being anti-Congress and manipulating sentiments.” On possibility of post-poll tie-up with current rivals, including the AUDF, he said, “All options are open and it would be decided based on the arithmetic thrown up by the new Lok Sabha.” Though the state Congress had chided the AUDF, the partys Central leadership has always tactfully kept its doors open for the AUDF if the need arises.

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