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Sight on front before polls

Patna, Jan. 31: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today expressed his party’s support for the formation of a federal front ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

On the sidelines of Bihar Innovation Forum in Patna, Nitish stressed the parties part of the front would fight for a common aim. The last time Nitish spoke of a formation of such a front was before he parted ways with the BJP.

A JD(U) leader said: “This time the front is aimed at stopping the BJP from coming to power.”

Nitish said: “The formation of such a block (with non-BJP and non-Congress parties) in the Lok Sabha has been initiated by the Left Front. The JD(U) supports the move. There are parties, which were once part of the old Janata Dal which are talking with the Left Front on seat adjustment for the Lok Sabha polls. A third or fourth front does not come into the picture. It is quite possible that such a block would be formed before the Lok Sabha polls.”

Another JD(U) leader said the front would give Nitish leverage in national politics. Sources close to Nitish said he believes that such a front would have a decisive say after the elections. There is scepticism in the JD(U) though. Past experiences have shown such blocks fall apart after the polls. The federal front has run into rough weather with Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee declaring that she would be a member of such a block if the Left was not involved in it.