Kolkata: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met West Bengal Chief Minster and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as part of his efforts to float a consortium of regional outfits, sans the Congress and the BJP, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“Our dialogue will continue, very shortly we will come out with a concrete plan. We are discussing things. I will continue with my efforts,” said Rao after his meeting with Banerjee in Kolkata.
Rao, who announced plans to work towards forging a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, had met his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Sunday. He had emphasised a “dire need” for unification of regional parties to provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The meeting between the two leaders assumed significance amid talks about efforts on formation of a new political front of like-minded, non-BJP and non-Congress parties to take on the national ones in the upcoming polls.
The Telangana CM is scheduled to meet BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tomorrow.
He 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.
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.