Lalu, Abdullah Urges Front Against BJP

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Kolkata: Leaders of some non-BJP and non-Congress parties today suggested formation of a “federal front” at the Centre to challenge the BJP and said they might sit together to discuss such a possibility.

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who took oath as the West Bengal Chief Minister for the second consecutive term, supported the idea saying she would cooperate if such a front was formed by “like-minded parties”.

Lalu Prasad, who was here to attend the swearing-in ceremony, told reporters, “It is necessary to defeat the BJP as the party and Sangh Parivar are out to divide the country.

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There is no ‘vikas’ (development) under the Modi government.” He said all “secular and like-minded” parties would have to sit together and discuss the formation of a front against the BJP.

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said there was a possibility of formation of a federal front at the Centre. “There are many like-minded parties and leaders and Mamata Banerjee is one of them,” he said, adding “it is a great day for democracy and for the secular fabric of the country”.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, however was non-committal, saying, “We have come here to greet her.

It’s a great day for all of us and for democracy.”  Banerjee, when asked about such a front, said, “I am ready to cooperate if such a front is formed. We have to discuss it with like-minded parties”.