New Delhi: Eyeing a pivotal role in the national politics after a landslide victory in Telangana Assembly polls, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is all set to make renewed efforts to reach out to regional parties to float a consortium of regional outfits, sans the Congress and the BJP.
Rao, who announced plans to work towards forging a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, will meet his Odisha and West Bengal counterparts and also the chiefs of the BSP and the SP.
The Telangana CM will meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on December 23 and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata the next day, a release from his office said.
During his visit to Delhi from December 25, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief would meet BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
KCR will also visit the national capital where he is expected to spend three days. Speaking on this, a party leader told Indian Express that the Telanaga CM will make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his stay in Delhi. He is likely to meet several Union Ministers to raise issues concerning the state.
The move is seen by many as a counter to the proposed Congress-led grand alliance, which is being spearheaded by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu.
Naidu said on Wednesday that the attempts by KCR to cobble together an alliance of regional parties would only end up benefitting the ruling BJP, adding that there was no scope for such a “third front” at the national level.
If KCR succeeds in forging a third front, the 2019 Lok Sabha elections may see a three-way fight – BJP, grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) and the third front.
However, it is yet to be seen who joins the proposed grand alliance and who joins the Third Front. Some of the party leaders who KCR wants to meet have already pledged their support to the grand alliance. But in recent swearing-in ceremonies of three Congress chief ministers, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav did not turn for the event raising speculation that all was not well in the grand alliance.