With 16 days left for the results of the Lok Sabha election to be declared, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, who is eager to don the kingmaker’s role at the Centre, is making hectic efforts to mobilise solidarity for his cause from several regional parties. He called on his counterpart in Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, yesterday and discussed the ‘national political scenario’.
He has announced that he will be meeting DMK chief MK Stalin in Chennai on May 13, next Monday. He also said that knowing about his efforts in this direction, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy rang him up and invited him to visit Bengaluru too.
Since more than a year, KCR has been advocating `Federal Front, without BJP and Congress, to form next government at the Center. In this regard, he had also met Chief Ministers of Odisha and West Bengal Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee, respectively, besides former chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP), visiting capital cities of various states.
However, till now no cornet political proposal has emerged from his visits. Moreover, both Kumaraswamy and Stalin are already in alliance with Congress. Interestingly, after KCR’s statement about his proposed visit to Chennai, DMK sources indicated that a meeting between Stalin and KCR may not be possible now. They said Stalin was `busy’ with his campaign schedule for the May 19 by-polls to four constituencies in the state.
KCR critics alleges that his `Federal Front’ visits are more pilgrimages in nature, as he is visiting those capital cities with his family members and giving importance to visit of prominent temples. With regard to his yesterday’s meeting with KCR in Tiruvanthapuram, Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan also said today that they discussed the national political scenario and the possible role of regional parties to play as both the fronts are unlikely to get clear majority to form next government. But, he said there was no discussion about the Prime Minister candidate.