New Delhi: Pushing efforts to firm up a Third Front, top leaders of JD(U), Left and JD(S) met here today and decided to convene a meeting of 11 parties after the end of the current Parliament session to give concrete shape to a non-Congress and non-BJP alternative.

JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI leader A B Bardhan, Bloc General Secretary Debabrata Biswas and JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda met at the latter’s residence over an informal breakfast to devise the strategy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The meeting came five days after 11 non-BJP and non-Congress parties met here to forge a common strategy in Parliament, which was seen as a prelude to formation of a third alternative.

Deve Gowda told reporters that it was decided that all the 11 parties would meet after the Parliament session in Delhi to formulate other programmes.

Karat said the leaders discussed ways to take forward the Third Front formation.

“We just discussed about how to take this forward. Since Nitish Kumar is in Delhi we got the opportunity to discuss directly with him. We are working out about how to take it forward,” he said.

“It was an informal meeting of non-BJP and non Congress parties,” Nitish Kumar told reporters after the meeting.

Sources said that the parties could jointly hold one or two public rallies to send out a message of unity of a non-Congress, non-BJP force in the next general elections.

Plans will concretise only after the meeting of leaders of the 11 parties after the session, they said.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury described the likely alliance as a “First Front” and said the aim is to formulate policies which would bring relief on the economic front and protect people from communal forces.

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