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The NDA is a good name, as is the UPA. The Third Front is not a good name. Even the name National Front is better. Or perhaps a three letter acronym. The name Third Front has too much of a non-Congress, non-BJP sting to it.

The Third Front needs a new name and a proper structure. If it is not going to become one unified party, there needs be some kind of a confederate structure.

If both Mayawati and Mulayam can get together to prop up the Congress government, they can perhaps together prop up Nitish Kumar.

The Third Front needs a new name, a leader who is projected as the PM candidate months before the elections, an organizational structure that makes it some kind of a a confederate, and a common national manifesto that is centered around Nitishism: rapid development.

Name: National Front (NF). PM candidate: Nitish Kumar. A steering committee of the presidents of all member parties that meets every three months in Delhi or as often as necessary. When there is no consensus decisions are taken through voting where each president has a weight in proportion to how many MPs his/her party has in Delhi. The Steering Committee of the National Front should be similar to the central committee of the Congress or the BJP. And Nitish should make a repeat of his Bihar performance. All his cabinet members must declare their assets on the internet. The manifesto would be easy to write. Nitish has to make a repeat of what he has already done in Bihar.

I think 2014 will catapult Nitish Kumar as the PM of India, Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of the Opposition, and Narendra Modi will continue as the Chief Minister of Bihar.

As Power Flows to Regional Bosses, Questions Rise on India’s Economy
power is now radiating to regional political chieftains, who are teasingly considering a new national political alignment, a so-called third front to compete with the two national powers, the Congress Party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ..... In past decades, third-front governments have twice taken power and have twice collapsed because of internal bickering, a prospect of instability certain to be unappealing to those in New Delhi and Washington who are eager for India to become a stable and influential player in Asia. Most analysts are skeptical that a true third front will take power in the near future, but they agree that the clout of regional leaders is growing. ..... Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of the state of Bihar, has hinted that his regional party could join any coalition that granted his state special status. Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Orissa, has expressed support for a third-front coalition. Jayalalithaa, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has also spoken suggestively about a new political alliance. .... Most analysts predict that both the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party will lose seats in the next election, but that one of the dominant parties will ally with some combination of the regional bosses to form a government, possibly even agreeing to elevate one of them to serve as prime minister.
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