Chennai: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met DMK Chief MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu to talk about emerging political developments in the country. The meeting took place at Stalin’s residence in Chennai. Before meeting the DMK chief, KCR first visited Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo had stepped up efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties and recently met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.
A DMK leader reportedly said that while Stalin continues to stick with his proposed name for the Prime Minister’s post – Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The leader added that Rao is trying to promote a non-BJP, non-Congress Federal front. The DMK leader also claimed that the stability of the government at the Centre may be affected by a Federal Front as the earlier experiences in such fronts were not pleasant. Last year, a similar meeting took place between Rao and Stalin in Chennai. They discussed issues affecting the state’s autonomy, finances and the political situation.
Initially, Rao received a lukewarm response from the DMK on the proposed meeting. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had stated that KCR would call on Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13. The DMK chief Stalin is also busy with the campaign for the upcoming by-elections in Tamil Nadu’s four constituencies that are scheduled for May 19.
Meanwhile, the working President of TRS Rama Rao on Monday said that it is now “the turn” of regional parties, especially those who belong to neither camps namely UPA and NDA. KT Rama Rao is the son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). In an interview, KT Rama Rao reportedly said, “They (those not aligned with UPA and NDA) are the ones who are going to be key decision-makers in terms of formation of the next government,” KTR added, “That is becoming more and more evident as each and every phase (of elections) is completed. We have always said neither the Congress nor BJP will get a majority on their own; it is regional parties, which are going to be key decision-makers in respect to the formation of next government.”
(With agency inputs)