Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

KCR meets Mamata to discuss federal front

KCR meets Mamata to discuss federal front

After holding a meeting with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called for a "federal front" as an alternative political force to bring about a political change in the country.

Mamata Banerjee, who had already met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai a year ago, said the federal front was aimed towards development of the country. The Front included the Left parties, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

The two Chief Ministers, who jointly addressed the media, said both of them were in agreement that the country needed growth-driven politics at this juncture. "Rest of the things will get clear when other leaders will sit together, discuss and come to a consensus", Rao, also the chief of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, told reporters after the meeting in Kolkata.

In response to a question on whether the proposed front is rejecting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the Trinamul chief said: "I have not, do not put words into my mouth". The agenda we are proposing is different from the routine political model. It will be the people's agenda.

The meet between the two CMs has once again stirred the possibility of a third front or a collective Opposition ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

KCR has already announced about the front and emphasized the urgent need for such a formation in the country in order to bring qualitative change in politics. We made a good beginning today and I am confident that we would be able to take it forward. I think that politics is a continuous process. "We are in talks with like-minded parties", he said, hinting at the probability of a "non-Congress, non-BJP" front. Will it do any wonders if BJP goes out and Congress comes in?

Rao had recently mooted the idea to form a "Third Front".

"This was a good beginning". He said KCR was afraid of facing people as his government did not nothing for any section of the society during the last four years. Dialogues have just started.

KCR reasoned that the Congress is already known to the public for their governance and has become synonym for scams and corruptions. Let others also to talk to each other. We have to work together as it is a collective family. "We want a strong front but we are not in a hurry", she stated.

She added, "Politics throws at you situations where you have to work with different people". We have to respect each other.

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