February 5 meet to discuss 'Third Force' formation - The Times of India Law Kumar Mishra & Aditya Vaibhav,TNN | Feb 1, 2014, 12.52 AM IST PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday ruled out the possibility of a "third or fourth front", but said several members of erstwhile Janata Dal (JD) were in talks for being "federated" as a political alliance for the upcoming parliamentary election. Kumar said the Left Front has initiated steps in this regard, and Bihar's ruling JD (U) has already supported this venture. This could be termed as "mutual understanding" among erstwhile JD members, he said. While leaders of Samajwadi Party, JD (U) and Janata Dal (S) are engaged in forming a larger Janata Dal umbrella, the non-Congress and non-BJP parties are meeting in New Delhi on February 5 to discuss the "attack on federal structure" by the Centre and the issue of communalism, said JD (U) spokesman K C Tyagi. Tyagi told TOI from Delhi over phone Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav and CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri had a meeting this week with him. It was decided to invite leaders of JD (S), SP, AIADMK, AGP, BJD and JVM on February 5. These parties have over 100 members in the Lok Sabha, he said and added it would be a " Third Force" not front and that the TMC could not be involved because of its opposition to Left parties. Tyagi said the proposed Janata umbrella would help the parties concerned in the election without disturbing their identity. They would contest the election on their symbols. The SP will help JD (U) in Bihar and JD (U) would reciprocate in UP while the two parties would help JD (S) in Karnataka, Tyagi said and added JD (U) president Sharad Yadav had been informed about the initiative. Former PM and JD (S) leader H D Deve Gowda had preliminary talks with JD (U) leaders, Tyagi said and hoped the Janata unity would take a concrete shape within a week and serve the purpose of cementing secular politics in the country. Meanwhile, Sharad Yadav, who reached here on Friday to participate in the party's Sankalp rally at Gopalganj on Saturday, described the Congress threat to withdraw support to the Nitish Kumar government as "absurd and nonsense".