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Prospects of non BJP, non Congress parties alliance in 2014 General election

The Lok Sabha election is knocking at the door and the political parties has started building their political strategy.

The coming together of some parties on a non congress and non BJP platform in recent times towards a definite goal to present themselves an alternative choice against the two mainstream parties in India is a positive development.

First, this grouping is a political conglomeration aimed essentially to develop the common agenda and co-ordinate on that basis in the Lok Sabha elections.
Second, people throughout the country have shown their preference for a non congress and non BJP alternative.

In this scenario the alternative choice of third front has come out in a concrete and credible terms.

Its assertions is to underscore not only the formation of a electoral alliance but also to formulate and regulate a new policy with a common perspective throughout the country.

Very evidently the basis of the grouping are their political and electoral experiences in the different parts of the country. They all have a consistent track record in their respective states.

If we look at the past five years record many parties significantly have pitched themselves as a tough opponent to the two mainstream parties of India.

The Samajwadi Party (S.P) won the uttar Pradesh state Assembly in 2012, which is country's most populous state. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by Naveen Patnaik won its third consecutive term in Odisha in 2009.

The CPI (M) led left parties also registered their fifth consecutive in Tripura state Assembly against Congress and BJP in 2013. The victory gave Manik Sarkar his fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister.

The CPI(M) led left front had also held power in West Bengal for the last 34 years, since Mamta Banerjee led Trinamool Congress established its position in the State Assembly election in May 2011.

The left front had also marked their presence in the Kerala state Assembly for several years.

The recent spectacular result of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi Assembly election showed that the vast majority of people voted for their alternative choice, other than Congress and BJP

Barring some Left parties all other parties joined hands either with Congress or with the BJP in the electoral alliances or to form the Government.
The ruling JDU in Bihar joined their hands with BJP three times (2000, 2015 and 2010) but parted ways last year.

The BJD in Odisha and Assam Gana Parishad in Assam too had been in allies with BJP for a long time.
Similarly the Janata Dal (secular) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) had brief allies with the Congress in the past time.

All this suggests that the alternative group have huge experience in governance. Whatever is necessary is the formation of policy that they may offer to the citizen of India. Most of the people are looking forward for a clear formulation of alternative policies in economy and on other issues related development and social justice.

Obviously there are many issues that bring forth the concerns of the country. The policy of economic independence through economic liberalization and other initiatives of welfare programmes is the concern of the country.

The crucial point is if this alliance comes to power, will it stick to these policies or will it run far from these issues.
There is also other issues regarding the leadership of this grouping, as they still has not named any single person leading the campaign at national level.
The most important aspect regarding the grouping is to cement a functional political alliance and to deal with organizational challenges.
If their strength is properly tapped, this grouping can play a vital role in the formation of the next Government at the centre.

Rohan Sengupta