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BJP calls third front an illusion, challenges to dethrone Congress

Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 3:38pm IST | Place: Delhi | Agency: PTI
Dubbing hopes of forming a Third Front ahead of 2014 elections as an "illusion", BJP today said the party would dethrone "scam tainted" Congress government at the Centre and the BJD in Odisha.
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Dubbing hopes of forming a Third Front ahead of 2014 elections as an "illusion", BJP today said the party would dethrone "scam tainted" Congress government at the Centre and the BJD in Odisha.

"Hopes for formation of a Third Front is an illusion. It can never happen. Similar experiments in the past have failed miserably," senior BJP leader and party's Odisha in-charge Chandan Mitra told reporters here.

"Even if the Third Front is formed, nobody knows who will be its leader", the BJP MP said.

"While AIADMK wants its leader to be Prime Minister, Trinamool Congress is keen to see Mamata Banerjee as PM and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (is) daydreaming for the top post -- these will never materialise," he said.

Forseeing infighting among forces seeking to form a new front, Mitra said the country had seen the outcome of governments headed by H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral.

Claiming that Modi wave was building up all over the county, Mitra said this was the best time to dislodge the "rampantly corrupt and inefficient government of Neveen Patnaik in Odisha and Manmohan Singh's scam tainted regime in Delhi."

BJP under Modi's leadership will contest the polls on two planks of anti corruption and development, Mitra said.

"It is the party's conviction that India's golden age along with that of Odisha will dawn after 2014 elections, when BJP will come to power both at the Centre and the state," he said.

To a query, he said it would be inappropriate to state that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was greater than Narendra Modi, though the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader registered a great achievement within a short span of time.

"AAP happens to be a regional party with virtually no presence outside Delhi, while Modi is undoubtedly a national icon who has created a wave across the country," Mitra said. 


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