Left, key regional parties launch ‘third force’

Left, key regional parties launch ‘third force’
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Mar 12 2009. 09 00 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 13 2009. 08 44 AM IST
Tumkur, Karnataka: Launching the ‘third force’, the Left and major regional parties joined hands to take on the Congress and the BJP in the upcoming general elections, saying both of them had failed to address people’s grievances.
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Addressing a massive rally here, leaders of these parties announced that they had come together to provide a ‘new alternative’ to the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“This is a historic get together of all democratic, secular and Left parties in the country to declare that we are all coming together to constitute a third force in this country,” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said.
He said that the third force stood for the interests of the vast masses for the firm defence of secularism against communal forces. The platform, he said, would fight for social justice for the oppressed sections.
Joined by CPI leader A.B. Bardhan, TDP chief N.Chandrababu Naidu and former prime minister and JD(S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda among others, Karat said: “Today we have come together because the country needs a new alternative.”
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First Published: Thu, Mar 12 2009. 09 00 PM IST