Stalin offers support to Mamata’s ‘Third Front’ efforts

DMK working president MK Stalin on Wednesday publicly endorsed, for the first time, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to bring regional parties together under a non-BJP third front.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Stalin said, “DMK has always stood for the unity of regional parties and stronger federal co-operation.”
He added: “I endorse the efforts of @MamataOfficial to bring together various political parties to oppose the autocratic and antidemocratic rule of the BJP.”
Though the tweet named and targeted only the BJP, what was left unsaid was whether the DMK was making a tactical shift away from the Congress-led unified opposition front.
Stalin said, “DMK is part of the (Congress-led) UPA. Under these circumstances she (Mamata Banerjee) has placed a request. Since elections are a year away, we will discuss the matter in the high level committee meeting.”
Also, there were reports that Mamata was likely to meet DMK president and former chief minister M Karunanidhi, the father of Stalin.
“Besides enquiring the health condition of the 94-year-old leader, Mamata, during her visit to the city, would place a formal request to the DMK to join the third front to take on the BJP and the Congress,” sources had said.