New Delhi, Mar 6: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is planning to undertake a ‘Delhi Yatra’ to meet heads of various regional parties and Left Parties to muster support for his idea of a Non-Congress and Non-BJP coalition for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rao on Monday unveiled plans to conduct a series of meetings across the country to prepare a national agenda.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, mooted the idea of a third front for 2019 Lok Sabha polls and offered to lead it. He is now chalking out a programme to hold meetings with organisations, associations and retired bureaucrats. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, he will first meet the retired All India Service Officers like IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS. It will be highly useful as they have seen political developments closely, the office said.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief is also expected to meet retired defence personnel and officers; legal luminaries; farmers’ associations and employees’ associations of all states. “These meetings will be followed with meetings with media houses, journalists, industrial houses, labour organizations and so on one after another,” the office said.
Rao’s idea of a front to provide an alternative to both the BJP and Congress has already received support from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan. He claimed that six to seven MPs from Maharashtra also telephoned him to convey their support.
According to a press statement released by the Chief Minister’s office on Monday, Janata Congress Party leader and first chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi called KCR to express solidarity with his third front idea. Stating that both the BJP and Congress failed the people, he said there was a need for qualitative change in Indian politics.
Calling for amendments to the Constitution to facilitate higher economic growth, the TRS leader demanded that the Centre should transfer subjects like education, health, urban development, rural roads, reservation to the states. The BJP, however, played down the idea of a third front and said the Indian polity has changed much beyond “the murky waters of third front”.