Federal front: Telangana CM KCR to tour states, meet Mamata, Mayavathi, Patnaik

TRS chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao after his landslide victory in Assembly polls is again reviving his attempts to set up `Federal Front’ at national level, bringing together various non-BJP and non-Congress regional parties on one platform.

Last evening he reached Bhubaneswar, held detailed discussions with his counterpart and BJP chief Naveen Patnaik in this regard. Both the regional straps discussed on measures to be taken up towards Federal Front as an alternative to both major national parties and also to defeat them in 2019 polls.

Today he reached Kolkatta and this evening will be meeting TMC supremo Mamata Banarjee. Already he had discussions with her few months ago on this issue, but those talks were inconclusive. Later he reaches New Delhi, to night.
At the national capital, he is expected to meet BSP supremo Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav too. He will also a courtesy meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After his meeting with Patnaik, KCR said there was a dire need for unification of regional parties to provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP. “I can say certainly that there is a dire need for unification of regional parties in the country,” he added. However, he said that this is just the beginning of a dialogue and they will meet again to discuss how to take things forward.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to Hyderabad and says the TRS is the “B team” of the Congress, its president Rahul Gandhi claim that the TRS president is the “B team” of the BJP, Rao said, adding, “Let me tell you, we are our own team.”

However, the Odisha chief minister, who has been ruling the state for nearly two decades, has so far carefully maintained distance from both Congress and the BJP. Naveen Patnaik said he had congratulated Mr Rao on his victory in the assembly elections and also mentioned his schemes for farmers. He said they had discussed national politics but was non committal on KCR’s move for National Front.

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