Ahmedabad: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s arch rival and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Brinda Karat, Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan plan to campaign in favour of the Third Front in Gujarat, sources said here on Tuesday.

“Nitish Kumar is likely to campaign in Gujarat after April 15. We are finalizing the programme with him," JD(U) Gujarat vice-president Govind Jadav said.

“After seat-sharing negotiations are finalized with five parties who are part of the Third Front in Gujarat, we will tell Nitish Kumar about the programme venue and schedule," Jadav said.

“As Nitish Kumar is also in-charge of Bihar’s Madhepura constituency, he is busy campaigning there but he can definitely come to Gujarat once. Sharad Yadav will definitely come after April 15 and hold an election rally in South Gujarat’s Surat or Bharuch districts," he said.

SP informed on Tuesday that its Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan would also campaign in Gujarat. “Jaya Bachchan will come to Gujarat, while other senior party leaders like Azam Khan and Mulayam Singh are also likely to come," SP’s Gujarat president Surendra Yadav said.

CPM’s Gujarat general secratary Arun Mehta said, “Brinda Karat will come to the state and challenge Modi’s claims of development." Earlier on Tuesday, JD(U), SP and the Left parties formed a ‘progressive forum’ as well as declared that they would contest 11 Lok Sabha seats from Gujarat.

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