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Third Front's dilemma in Prez polls

Jun 17, 2007 11:26 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: What's the alternative the Third Front has for the Presidential poll? That's a question being asked not just by the NDA and the UPA but the Third Front as well. Political compulsions in Uttar Pradesh prevents the Samajwadi Party from supporting the BJP. It’s a dilemma reflected at the national executive meeting of the SP. “We won’t support non-secular forces,” claimed SP leader Amar Singh. Having declared themselves a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative, the options are really narrowing down for most other parties as well. With the SP, the TDP also relies on its Muslim votebank and the AIADMK will have nothing to do an alignment that has the support of the DMK. So will they support Pratibha Patil or Bhairon Singh Shekhawat or abstain? One thing is clear: the Third Front admits it doesn't have numbers on its side. “With one lakh votes, how can we set up our own candidate?” said SP General Secretary, Ramgopal Yadav. The choice before the Third Front is really between a rock and a hard place but the outcome of the Chennai meet could well decide which way the wind will blow in the 2009 Parliament polls.

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