Mayawati’s senior representative S C Mishra
BANGALORE, MARCH 13- With the BSP keen to project
her as the newly-formed Third Front’s prime ministerial candidate,
party supremo Mayawati has invited leaders of the front’s consituents
to a dinner meeting on March 15 in New Delhi.
Given this backdrop, the March 15 meeting assumes
significance as the leadership issue will almost certainly be discussed
although the Third Front has so for taken the line that the prime
ministerial question would be addressed only after the Lok Sabha
elections are over and results declared.
While BJD has indicated that it would go in for seat
sharing with some of the Front constituents, especially the two left
parties- CPI and CPI (M), it has, however, refused to join any alliance
before the Lok Sabha elections.
BSP national general secretary Veer Singh told reporters that the party
will not enter into pre-poll alliance with any party in the State.
WASHINGTON, MARCH 13- Raising the Tibet issue during
his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi today, US
President Barack Obama hoped that there would be progress in the talks
between Beijing and representatives of the Dalai Lama on the
`The President expressed his hope there would be
progress in the dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai
Lama’s representatives,’ said the White House in a statement issued
after the meeting.
Earlier this week, the United States had expressed
concern over human rights situation in Tibet and said only `a
substantive dialogue’ with the Dalai Lama’s representative could bring
a lasting peace in this region.
THIRUVANANDAPURAM, MARCH 13- Seat sharing talks in
the ruling IDF appeared to be tottering today with the CPI threatening
to field candidates in all constituencies of the CPI(M) in the Lok
Sabha polls of it was not allowed to contest the Ponanni seat.
There is no going back on our demand for four seats
including Ponanni We will surrender to the CPI (M)’s strategy of
containing the partners. We are ready in face anu consequences arising
from our decision. CPI state Secretary Veliyam Bhargavan told reporters
In Delhi, some members of the CPI (M) Politburo,
including General Secretary Prakash Karat, discussed the issue with
senior leader M K Pandhe saying the party was hopeful that the issue
would be resolved at the state level.
The CPI (M) has decided to field a common LDF
independent in Ponanni, represented by CPI in the 14th Lok Sabha as a
tactical move to muster Muslim support from parties like the PDP of
Abdul Nasser Madani.