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Wednesday 25 April 2018
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Third front begins to take shape

Infighting within the major political outfit in Himachal Pradesh is giving rise to the third front for the forthcoming election. Newly formed and BJP breakaway Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), CPM, CPI and Himachal Swabhiman Party (HSP), have agreed to form sub-committee to forge a formal alliance for the election.

The sub-committee comprising representatives of these four parties will hold a meeting in Shimla to work out the modalities to be able to form a third front which can emerge as an alternative to the Congress and the BJP that have alternately ruled in the hill state. After holding the meeting, the four parties will hold a convention on July 11 where they will formally launch the third front. The third front is hoping to gain from the bickering within the BJP and the Congress.

In the consultations a surprise face was Kangra Lok Sabha MP Rajan Sushant as still he a BJP MP. However, as he is suspended by the party, he can also join third front.

HLP chief Maheshwar Singh again made it clear that HLP is to stay in Himachal political arena and with its other leaders it held a meeting to chalk out the modalities and form a sub-committee. This time again rebels within the party can cause a strong dent in party fold in Congress and BJP as leaders who failed to secure Assembly tickets from their parties can get platform to stand against party official nominee and can turn table to either side.

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