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Lok Sabha Polls 2014

Won't back third front

Congress says will search for new allies; eyes at 120 seats


With stability weighing heavily on its mind, Congress will go in for the search of new allies to form a UPA-III government and has no intention to support a third front government.
A senior party leader, who declined to be identified, insisted that the party has become wiser by the experiments of 1990-91 and 1996 during which it gave support from outside to the governments led by Chandra Shekhar, HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral.
Noting that those were "not exactly happy" experiences, the leader said if the situation arises the Congress would have only a UPA-III government and the question of giving outside support to a minority government does not arise.
Two days back, party general secretary Ajay Maken had dismissed the possibility of support to third front in forming the next government at the Centre insisting that the UPA-III coalition will rule the country after Lok Sabha polls.
His remarks had assumed significance as they came close on the heels of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav claiming that the third front will form a "stable government" with Congress' support after Lok Sabha elections.
Yadav had said that the way election trends appear, BJP will not be able to reach the magic figure and form government and the Congress will emerge the weakest after elections.
However, a Hindustan Times earlier reported that the Congress internal assessments have shown all but little hope to emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha poll.

First five phases of polling are over but 311 out of 534 Lok Sabha constituencies will go to poll between April 24 and May 12.  After assessing the latest poll scenario, the Congress strategists feel that 120 seats may give the party a slim chance to prop up a non-NDA government with the help of the Third Front partners.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, April 20, 2014

Last modified: 3:21 am Sunday, April 20, 2014

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