Congress ridicules the idea of Third FrontMarch 14th, 2009 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) External Affairs Minister and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee Saturday ridiculed the newly-formed Third Front, saying it could never come to power on its own.
“I do not understand the nomenclature the Third Front is using. What is their objective? Is it to form a non-Congress-non-BJP government? Has it ever happened in all these years,” Mukherjee told reporters here.
He said the Congress had ruled the country for 45 years on its own and the ruling coalitions from 1989 to 1998 had the support of either the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I do not know if any of the (Third Front) parties will project (anybody) as the prime minister. I do not know whether they (Third Front parties) will have a common programme. If it is to make somebody prime minister, then it is like putting the cart before the horse.”
Asked if he was concerned over the emergence of the Third Front, Mukherjee replied: “Not at all.”
The Left and regional parties Thursday launched the Third Front at a rally in Karnataka to fight the Lok Sabha elections.
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