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KCR to meet stakeholders to chalk out agenda for Third Front

Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief Chandrasekhar Rao says there is an urgent need for a qualitative change in Indian politics, as the Congress and the BJP have failed miserably failed to address people’s problems.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2018 15:40 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao being felicitation sword of honour before addressing the public at CM camp office Hyderabad on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday announced a series of meetings with various organisations and individuals to chalk out the agenda for the Third Front, which he says will be a political alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party at the national level.

A spokesperson from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said that as part of the strategy KCR, as he is popularly known, would first meet retired officers from all-India services such as the IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS, who held important positions at the Centre in the past.

“As these officials had seen political developments closely at the state and the central levels, the chief minister feels their input would be of great help in forming the alternative political front, which he is ready to lead,” the spokesperson said.

KCR on Saturday mooted the plan to float the alternative before the next general election scheduled to be held in 2019. The 64-year-old leader said there was an urgent need for a qualitative change in Indian politics, as the two national parties, which have ruled the country for seven decades, had miserably failed to address people’s problems.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief would also meet retired defence personnel, former judges and advocates, representatives of farmers’ and employees associations at the national and state level, leading economists of the country and retired officials of the finance department at the Centre.

“He is also planning to have interactions with media houses, industrial houses and labour organisations to have a have a comprehensive understanding of the national issues so that he can chalk out the agenda for the proposed front,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said that the chief minister wants all those who have been thinking about the nation in various ways to become the participants in the process to bring qualitative change in politics.

These meetings will be organised in Hyderabad and as well as in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru etc.

An official from the CMO said that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called up the TRS president and conveyed her support to his proposal to form the third front.

Former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren also expressed his solidarity with KCR and welcomed his decision to play a key role in national politics.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan, a couple of MPs from Maharashtra were among a large number of political leaders who welcomed KCR’s third front proposal, the CMO said.

First Published: Mar 05, 2018 15:40 IST