Mayawati, Jayalalithaa to attend Third Front meet: CPI(M)

Mayawati, Jayalalithaa to attend Third Front meet: CPI(M)
PTI
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First Published: Fri, May 15 2009. 07 49 PM IST
Updated: Fri, May 15 2009. 07 49 PM IST
New Delhi: As the Congress and BJP began wooing allies, the CPI(M) on Friday exuded confidence that BSP chief Mayawati and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa will attend the meeting of the Third Front on Monday as party general secretary Prakash Karat held discussions with other alliance leaders.
“Yes, they will attend,” party Politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai told reporters when asked whether Mayawati and Jayalalithaa will attend the 18 May meeting.
The Third Front partners are meeting here on Monday to discuss the possibility of forming an alternative secular government.
With reports of cracks in the Third Front trickling in, Karat is speaking to leaders of parties attached with the alliance and exchanging views about the present political scenario.
Party sources said Karat spoke to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Orissa chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Friday over telephone.
“Karat spoke to them over telephone and exchanged views about the political situation,” a top CPI(M) leader said adding, “our meetings will begin from 17 May”.
Asked whether the top leaders of other parties will attend the 18 May meeting, the leader said, “We hope they will attend whenever a decision has to be taken.”
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First Published: Fri, May 15 2009. 07 49 PM IST