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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao to meet regional leaders for his federal front

KCR has apparently chosen to negotiate with Left parties first to counter Congress allegations that the federal front was a B-team of the BJP and the idea was floated only to split allies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 07:45 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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A TRS leader familiar with developments said KCR, as the party chief is popularly called, will leave for Kerala on April 29 to hold talks with Left Front leaders. (PTI File Photo)

Starting Monday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will begin visiting different states to meet leaders of regional parties to revive his idea of floating a federal front as an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the national level.

A TRS leader familiar with developments said KCR, as the party chief is popularly called, will leave for Kerala on April 29 to hold talks with Left Front leaders, including Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, to discuss the possibility of the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP coalition government at the Centre.

KCR has apparently chosen to negotiate with Left parties first to counter Congress allegations that the federal front was a B-team of the BJP and the idea was floated only to split allies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

“After Kerala, he will go to other states, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, one after the other to meet regional party leaders...,” the TRS leader cited above said.

“According to inputs obtained by KCR, neither NDA nor UPA would be able to cross the 200-mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha. On the other hand, non-BJP and non-Congress parties would be able to get around 140-150 seats,” the TRS leader quoted above said.

Osmania University professor K Nageshwar said the formation of a federal front government at the Centre could not be ruled out, but the chances were bleak.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 07:44 IST