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17 parties unite to fight communalism
An anti communal convention was organised in Delhi's Talkatora Stadium on Wednesday with a message to fight communalism together. Prominent politicians such as Nitish Kumar, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav, HD Deve Gowda among others were present at the meet.

Seventeen parties came together at the meet to fight communalism and work towards strengthening communal amity and send out a strong message to the divisive forces. ''The 17 parties assembled here should forge 'maximum possible unity' to defeat the threat from 'fascism, communalism and terrorism' to the country,? said Nitish Kumar while speaking at the anti communal convention at Talkatora stadium, Delhi.

"The question being asked is that if this convention means formation of a new front. As of today, this is not the case. But we all have to think that in the face of fascism, communalism and terrorism, democratic forces should maintain maximum possible unity on issues to combat and defeat such powers," he said, reported The Times of India.

Kumar said that in the aftermath of riots in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, there has been a realization about the need to raise voice against the threat of communalism.

The convention, organized by the Left parties, is being seen as an attempt for forge a non-Congress and non-BJP parties front ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. CPI (M)?s Sitaram Yechury said the objective behind the convention was to ''save the country from communalis'', while Nitish dismissed as premature, any talk of the Third Front.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who on Tuesday has stated that the next PM would come from the Third Front, told the convention that ''it was time to get together to defeat communal forces.'' He said the secular forces were uniting for the purpose.

The convention in New Delhi was attended by many regional parties including Left, JD(U), AIADMK, BJD and UPA ally NCP.

Late Tuesday, the Nationalist Congress Party, a key ally of the UPA, said it will also attend the meeting, in a development that underscored how elevation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial nominee is fast reshaping the country's political landscape as well.

If a third front will be formed, with non-BJP, non-Congress parties, the scenario of 2014 Lok Sabha elections may change, as 2009 Lok Sabha elections witnessed 52 per cent votes going to non-BJP, non-Congress parties.

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