BJP leader L K Advani today said a non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister supported by any of these two parties is “feasible” in the next general elections but cautioned that this may not be a very stable dispensation. In his latest blog posting, Advani said, “A non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading a government supported by one of these two principal parties is, however, feasible.
This has happened in the past also.” He cited the examples of Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, Deve Gowda and I K Gujral – all supported by Congress – as well as V P Singh (supported by BJP). However, he warned that such governments have never lasted long. “There has been stability at the Centre only when the Government has had either a Congress or a BJP Prime Minister,” he said. Advani claimed that the national polity of the last 25 years has made it “practically impossible” for any central government to be formed without the support of either the Congress or the BJP. On this basis, he ruled out a Third Front government in 2014. Advani quoted a recent interaction with two Cabinet Ministers who expressed the apprehension that neither the Congress nor the BJP-led coalitions may get a clear majority in the 16th Lok Sabha election. He said that the Congress Ministers felt that in such a scenario a Third Front government may be formed which would be “extremely harmful” for stability and also national interest.
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