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The latest move by Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party to forge a joint front to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections without aligning with the Congress is another attempt to set up an alternate front. Yet, past experiments show any talk of an united opposition remains a theoretical construct while parties refuse to give up the chimera of a third front.
With the country set to enter the home stretch for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, political parties opposed to the governing Bharatiya Janata Party are exploring new alignments and challenging the existing arrangement.
In this direction, the latest initiative undertaken by two regional parties, Samajwadi Party led by Akhilesh Yadav and Trinamool Congress headed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is yet another attempt to work for an alternative.
At the outset, the two leaders came out with a common understanding, one that these parties will work together against the BJP and that the alternative will be a coalition which will not align with the Congress.