India's small parties join forces to fight looming elections
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Eleven Indian political parties vowed on Tuesday to work together to defeat the country's two main outfits at the upcoming general elections by forming a so-called third front.
The grouping of left-leaning and regional parties announced their plans to become a viable alternative to the ruling Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by mr Narendra Modi.
Prakash Karat, a senior leader of the Communist Party of India, said the new front would "work for the defeat" of Congress and the BJP - the traditional parties that together hold over half the seats in India's lower house of parliament.
"We need an alternative to both the Congress and BJP. That's why we the leaders of the 11 parties resolved today to work together," Mr Karat said at a press conference in New Delhi.