New Delhi: India is going to the polls again to elect the 16th Lok Sabha and the political circles are busy in permutations and combinations. After Aam Admi Party, 11 parties have come together with a joint declaration to provide Congress & BJP alternative to people. The 11 regional parties have refrained calling themselves as the third front. There parties include All India Anna Dravida Munnetara Kazagham (AIADMK), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Biju Janata Dal, Assam Gana Parishad, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party. The 11 parties when combined are not capable of forming a majority government, but can decide on the formation of next government.
As per the declaration “Five years of the UPA-II government have led to all-round problems and suffering for the people. Economic growth has slowed down which was already skewed in favour of the rich; unprecedented price rise has caused havoc to the lives of the people; farmers have faced acute distress; youth face unemployment and bleak prospects; lakhs of adivasis, dalits and minorities have faced loss of livelihood; women have faced unprecedented insecurity and violence; corruption has become the byword for the ruling establishment. It is time for a change and to throw out the Congress from power.
” The BJP, which claims to be the alternative, has no policies different from that of the Congress. Their record in the states where they run governments on corruption and economic policies underline the fact that they are the twin of the Congress and the other side of the same coin. Moreover, they represent an ideology which spells divisiveness, disunity and communal disharmony which will endanger the secular-democratic fabric. The BJP and the communal forces must be defeated and prevented from coming to power.”
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has already mocked at these joint parties stating that these are Congress Bachao parties (save Congress parties). Speaking in a recent rally he said that some of these parties come together during elections and then try to save the Congress party from going out of power.