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All the dreams of the Third Front - a hotchpotch of various regional parties - ruling at the centre may have been washed away by the Modi wave, but that doesn't mean that they can't still wield some influence inside Parliament.With a weakened Congress party which managed just 44 seats in the Lok Sabha, a group of erstwhile Third Front members are reportedly contemplating coming together to form a 'federal front' that will function as the main opposition party in the house.According to a report in the Times of India, "AIADMK, Trinamool Congress and BJD are in discussions to forge an alliance in Parliament. Besides the three, smaller parties like Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), YSR Congress, INLD and Nagaland People's Front could be part of the front that hopes to make itself heard in Parliament.Jayalalithaa's AIADMK won 37 seats in the recently concluded polls, while Mamata Banerjee's TMC won 34.Although there has been no formal announcement in this regard, the two leaders did reach out to one another in the run up to voting in the Lok Sabha elections.Jayalalithaa called Mamata to 'wish her luck' before the polls. Mamata once went on record as saying that she would support Jayalalithaa as a possible Prime Ministerial candidate.While it is unclear if they have spoken to each other about these latest developments, the TOI report says thatefforts to formalize floor coordination could gather pace next week.If the Congress is indeed ousted as even the main voice of the opposition, this would mark an entirely new low in the history of the party. Already grappling with its worst poll performance in the history of the party, being reduced to nothing but a fringe voice in the Parliament would be nothing short of a nightmarish scenario.The Congress is reportedly keen to be recognised as the main opposition party in Parliament, and have said as much. Former Parliamentary Affairs minister Kamal Nath said that the party would take the lead in behaving like a responsible opposition. However given the low number of seats that it holds, it is certainly in a vulnerable position.The Times of India report also noted that Congress President Sonia Gandhi"is keen for Congress to be formally recognized as the main opposition to the ruling NDA something that sets it apart from a collection of regional parties."However given that neither Sonia nor her son Rahul were willing to take on the position of leader of the opposition will not really help the case of the Congress.As Firstpost editor Sandip Roy noted:As the colourful saying goes you must do your business or get off the pot. Now we have a situation where the Gandhis in opposition replicate the Gandhis in power a parallel seat of power that can exercise authority without real accountability. The Congress, as it has amply proven, is not the BJP where Sushma Swaraj could lead in the Lok Sabha while a Rajnath Singh led the party outside. The Congress revolves around the Gandhis and the Gandhis have chosen to neither get out of the way nor lead the party in one of its bleakest moments.

TN Congress chief Elangovan's supporters demand withdrawal of his resignation

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TN Congress chief Elangovan's supporters demand withdrawal of his resignation

Chennai: Supporters of TNCC President EVKS Elangovan, who resigned from the post for the party's poor show in 16 May Assembly elections, on Sunday demanded withdrawal of his resignation.High drama pre...


Nitish advocates quota in pvt sector but he should implement it in Bihar first: Paswan

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Nitish advocates quota in pvt sector but he should implement it in Bihar first: Paswan

Patna:On Sunday LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should implement reservation in private sector in his state first.Addressing a programme on the issue of 'reservatio...

Amit Shah kickstarts Uttarakhand poll campaign, slams Harish Rawat govt

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Amit Shah kickstarts Uttarakhand poll campaign, slams Harish Rawat govt

Haridwar: Describing the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand as "one steeped in corruption", BJP president Amit Shah asked the people to dislodge it from power and help the lotus ...

Congress delayed economic reforms, transformed India into dynastic democracy: Arun Jaitley

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Congress delayed economic reforms, transformed India into dynastic democracy: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: On the 41st anniversary of imposition of Emergency, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sundaytook swipes at Congress and blamed it for delaying economic reforms by two decades, transforming I...

Pampore terror attack: Assault aimed to subvert peace process in J&K, says Mehbooba Mufti

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Pampore terror attack: Assault aimed to subvert peace process in J&K, says Mehbooba Mufti

Eight Central Reserve Police Force (CFPF) personnel were killed and 24 injured on Saturday after militants, believed to be Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives operatives, opened fire at a convoy belonging to t...

Sena might break off its alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before civic polls: Prithviraj Chavan

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Sena might break off its alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before civic polls: Prithviraj Chavan

Pune: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said Shiv Sena may break off its ruling alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before next year's civic polls in Mumbai and other cities of the state...

Manish Sisodia, AAP leaders to march to PM Modi's residence to stage protest

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Manish Sisodia, AAP leaders to march to PM Modi's residence to stage protest

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and MLAs will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and thereafter take out a march to the Prime Minister's residence on Sunday, to protest against a complained filed...