statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 14 JUNE: Amidst the Left&’s efforts to project its “third alternative” proposal, the CPI-M leader, Mr Sitaram Yechury, today met the Janata Dal-United president, Mr Sharad Yadav, while the CPI veteran, Mr A B Bardhan, had talks with the Samajwadi Party leader, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, even as they slammed the “Federal Front” idea.
 The Left parties have decided to hold a convention on its third alternative proposal here on 1 July. They have been particularly concerned over the BJP&’s projection of the Gujarat chief minister, Mr Narendra Modi, as its election battle leader, and the suggestion for the Federal Front by a group of chief ministers.
Attacking the Federal Front suggestion, the CPI veteran and former party general secretary, Mr Bardhan, in a statement, said the idea floated by “one or two chief ministers” was neither feasible nor likely to inspire confidence among voters. He said the Federal Front was supposed to bring together the chief ministers of states who have grievances against the step-motherly treatment meted out by the Centre. (details on page 2)