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Mamata's appeal for 'Federal Front' may not find many takers: Analysts
To free the country from 'misrule' and work together for 'brighter India', Trinamool Congress (TMC) president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday appealed all non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to come together on a single platform and form a Federal Front.

“Time has come for all the regional parties to come together and form a Federal Front in the coming Lok Sabha election. I appeal to all the non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties to launch a united fight to free the country from misrule and anti-people decisions, and work together to build a better and brighter India,” Mamta Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page.

At a time when the political environment is not looking favorable for the ruling Congress party mainly because of the various corruption charges against its top leaders and the main opposition party BJP struggling to sort out the internal differences, Banerjee has made this appeal to the regional parties to formulate the strategy of providing third option to the public during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

“Let us stand together. Let us talk together. Let us decide a plan of action for the next Lok Sabha election,” Banerjee added.

However, political analysts feel that her appeal may not find many takers as the regional parties have their own interests and issues to sort out.

“Seeing Congress and the BJP in trouble presently, Mamta Banerjee has made this appeal. But there won't be many regional parties who would be taking it seriously especially at this point of time. I think there are very bleak possibilities of a non-Congress and non-BJP group right now,” political analyst Avadhesh Kumar told this citizen journalist .

This action by Ms. Banerjee might have surprised the BJP as during the recently held Howrah Lok Sabha by-polls, the saffron party had withdrawn its candidate in the favor of TMC. That step from the BJP was seen as a move to woo Banerjee. However, with this appeal, she has made it clear that TMC's options post-2014 elections are open.

With her appeal, Banerjee may have been eying NDA ally JD(U), led by Nitish Kumar as after Modi's elevation in BJP there are chances that JD (U) will break its ties with the saffron party. Apart from JD(U), Banerjee may be also looking towards Mulayam Singh Yadav led Samajwadi Party as a key ally in her Federal Front, as the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh on several occasions has shown unhappiness towards the Congress despite being one of the supporters of the UPA government.

On the possibility of regional parties like JD (U) and SP joining Banerjee's Federal Front, Kumar said, “The JDU will not join Mamta Banerjee till it is associated with the BJP as the party's president Sharad Yadav himself is NDA's convenor. During the presidential elections Mulayam Singh Yadav was with Mamta at one point of time, however, there was a sudden change in Samajwadi Party's decision and he moved towards the Congress under the Centre's pressure.”

He added, “BSP's Mayawati will never join any grouping. Jayalalitha wants to be with BJP. Communists will never join Mamata Banerjee. So there are very less regional parties right now that will pay attention to the Mamta's appeal”.

Kumar said that there are only two regional parties i.e. Navin Patnaik led Biju Janta Dal and Chandrababu Naidu led Telegu Desham Party which can join Mamta Banerjee.

“Biju Janata Dal and Telgu Desham Party may think over Mamta Banerjee's appeal. But Navin Patnaik is more focused towards his state affairs. He has very little interest in central government. Patnaik will act as per the situation ahead. But it is certain that he will not go with the Congress.”

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