Giving a solid confirmation to the fact that a 'Third Front' or 'United Front' is certainly in place to win the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019, former PM and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda has stated that all the opposition leaders, including BSP chief Mayawati will come on board while also hinting that Telangana CM may also be a surprise inclusion.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the former PM has reiterated that the Third Front or the United Front will be able to oust PM Modi and BJP in 2019. He said,
"Assembly elections are different. Parliament election in each state, whether two or three regional parties come together, or the Congress party under the regional party combine, all these things are certainly going to happen. In MP, will BJP reach majority on its own? No. I am sure it won't happen. So they'll think of other coalition regional parties. 100% they aren't getting 282. Federal Front or Third Front is certain after the parliament election."
HD Deve Gowda also hinted that there is a possibility that Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao could very well become a part of the united opposition, even though he has been clear that he will fight the state elections alone.
"KCR has taken a neutral position. He is going to take a decision after the election. His stand, not for the parliament, but for the state elections is not associating with any party. He is fighting the battle on his own. Everyboday says it is difficult for him to get full majority. In my opinion, he may get slender majority," he added.
While most of the opposition parties are confirmed to work together, there are still question marks over the involvement of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and former UP CM Mayawati in the Third Front. But according to Deve Gowda, the two will surely be a part of it.
"She (Mamata) has done lot of work. Whatever may be media versions, I am certain to say she will come with more strength this time. Last time she got 33, this time she may get more," he further mentioned.
The united opposition has gained momentum much due to the efforts of Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu. In his bid to 'save democracy', the TDP supremo has been meeting up with different political leaders in the past month, and is set to meet a few more before the assembly elections.