The political buzz around the formation of a third front is back. While talk of a third front has been recurrent, the key difference this time is that NCP supremo, Sharad Pawar, one of the sharpest and most experienced leaders in Indian politics, is being seen as playing a big role. Pawar has met with ace election strategist Prashant Kishor. Mamata Banerjee has told the media in Kolkata that it was she who had sent Kishor to talk to Pawar. The Kishor-Pawar power-lunch was held to discuss the recipe for a successful political khichdi that would eventually help in dislodging Modi-Shah duo from the centre. Meanwhile, prominent opposition leaders and civil society members assembled at Sharad Pawar’s residence the very next day and discussed the issue of rising fuel prices, unemployment and need for creating an alternative vision in the country. NCP’s Nawab Malik declared that the meeting reflected how Pawar would be working to unite the opposition. The meeting was called by TMC leader Yashwant Sinha on behalf of Rashtra Manch, an anti BJP platform that he co-founded in 2018. Congress leaders were invited for the event but no one showed up. However, Pawar made it clear that no discussion of a third front could take place without involving the Congress. Other than the Congress, the DMK, the RJD and the BSP too did not send in any representatives.