|Nitish Kumar at the Rajgir convention on Tuesday. (PTI)
New Delhi, Oct. 29: Left leaders will get a chance to flaunt two important heartland leaders, Nitish Kumar and Mulayam Singh Yadav, at an anti-Narendra Modi convention tomorrow, setting aside their belief that regional parties are “opportunistic”.
The Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), AIADMK, BJD, NCP, Janata Dal (S) and the Asom Gana Parishad are among 10 regional outfits that have agreed to share the platform with the Left in its bid to showcase the possibility of an alternative to the Congress and the BJP.
Nitish, the most vocal opponent of Modi, and Samajwadi boss Mulayam will be the key speakers. AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and Odisha’s BJD chief minister Naveen Patnaik have decided to send their representatives.
But it is the participation of the Sharad Pawar-led NCP, which is part of the UPA at the Centre, and Assam outfit AGP, a BJP ally in 2009, that is significant.
The AGP’s Prafulla Mahanta, a former chief minister, will be present at the convention. The NCP will send a representative.
Although excited by the support, Left leaders are wary of terming it the beginning of yet another experiment to put together a “third front”, not sure if these parties would stick with them after the elections due next summer.
Ideologically, the Left feels that regional outfits are “opportunistic” and drift towards either the Congress or the BJP for power.
For now, the comrades are happy that they have been able to isolate principal adversary Trinamul Congress and get the regional outfits on their side.
“This convention is to fight communalism and appeal to the people to uphold the secular democratic foundation of our Constitution. It has nothing to do with the formation of any third front,” CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.