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The Third Front – Importance in Indian Politics

  • The latest news is the subject of the Third Front and the man banging the drums this time is none other than Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR).

Third Front in Indian politics refers to various alliances formed by smaller parties at various points of time to offer a third option to Indian voters. The concept of Third party is not new in India. It first came into existence in 1977 when the Janata Party took over the control but couldn’t deliver on the assurances that they made to the aam janta (common people).

Third Front Never did Face Success

However, the Third Front as never a success in India due to several reasons. If you closely look at the “Third Front phenomena” from all the three instances, 1997, 1989 and 1996 you’ll find that the major reason for the collapse of this experiment was lack of co-operation among the coalition parties and even now there is no guarantee that Third Front of 2018-19 can surpass earlier flaws. And if we delve deep into it, looks like “The Third front” still seems like an unrealistic step. However, many parties and leaders do not think in such a way and for them nothing is impossible.

KCR Banging the Drums for the Third Front

At present also, there is a sudden uproar for an alternative to these two national parties in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The latest news is the subject of the Third Front and the man banging the drums this time is none other than Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), one of the most famous leaders in India. Recently, KCR appealed to all the small parties to come together to form a “Third Front” to prevent both BJP and Congress from forming the subsequent government at the Centre. He had demanded for a non-UPA as well as a non-NDA Third Front at the centre. Presently he is rallying to gather support for his political plans. Interestingly, he has received support from Mamta Banerjee, the most famous leader of Trinamool Congress of India and the West Bengal CM, Hemant Soren- former Jharkhand CM, Asaduddin Owaisi -the President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). He is going forward to garner more support.

Is Third Front a Better Political Solution?

Now the question that arises is that whether the Third Front is a better Political solution for India in 2019? A third party besides BJP or Congress at the centre is an itch. However, the regional political leaders are of the opinion that the idea cannot be quenched and thus are appealing for making a strong “Third Front”. Only a powerful and well managed Third Front can be a practical political solution for India. Needless to say, we have already witnessed how bad a “Third Front” can be if it is not well established and/or not managed cordially. So, if again there is an idea that is dubbed into Third Front, the immediate question is, whether it will be a success or not? So, there is a possibility that the Third Front can form a government at the centre with all the nationwide gathbandhan, but then there are equal chances of the government getting dissolved well before they complete their term.

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