statesman news service
KOLKATA, 16 JUNE: The Trinamul Congress today welcomed the JD(U)-BJP split and termed it is as a "positive" step towards the formation of the Federal Front of non-BJP and non-Congress regional parties mooted by the party chief Mamata Banerjee.
Meanwhile, dismissing the idea of a Federal Front, the Left today said there can be no political alternative in the country without it and that the communist parties were in touch with the JD-U and the anti-Congress, anti-BJP parties
The CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechury, who is in the city, said the party was in touch with Sharad Yadav and other anti-BJP and anti-Congress parties.
He asserted no third alternative could be formed with the Left parties.  Ridiculing the idea of Federal Front floated by the Trinamul chief, Mr Yechuri said: “An alternative front couldn’t be formed by merely announcing it (as Miss Banerjee had done). It has to be built on the basis of alternative policies and a common programme," he said.
However, a top Trinamul leader said that Miss Banerjee had announced over a month ago that a Federal Front would be formed and that a UPA-III would never happen.
The CPI-M, the Trinamul leader  said, had been in close touch with the Congress and was toying with the idea of joining the Congress bandwagon should the latter be in a position to form the next government at the Centre.
However, when the possibility of a Federal Front was becoming bright, the CPI-M was now seeking the support of non-
BJP and non-Congress parties even though it had become irrelevant in national or regional politics.
Mr Sougata Roy, MP and former minister of state for urban development, welcomed the step taken by the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar; he said Mr Kumar now has no political compulsion and can join the Federal Front.
Dismissing Mr Yechury&’s remarks on the impossibility of a third alternative without the Left, Mr Roy said, “The Left is frustrated. It is not in power in any major state, so Mr Yechury’s  statement has very little relevance,” said Mr Roy.
Mr Yechury, meanwhile, endorsed former Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattac-harjee’s observation that formation of an alternative front is a tough challenge as there are various parties splintered on the basis of religion and caste.
“However, I feel regional parties are under pressure from their support base to look for alternative policies,” he said. “Without the Left, there can’t be alternative policies,” he added.