Bhubaneswar: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is on a 4-day tour to meet various leaders to garner support for his proposed non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and non-Congress front ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, met Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Sunday. KCR will proceed to Kolkata on Monday, where he will call on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Rao said, “We need to talk to more people across the nation. There’s a dire need for the unification of regional parties as there’s a strong need for an alternative to Congress and BJP.”

“Country needs a change for which dialogue has begun, we’re doing our part but nothing concrete has emerged. We’ve just begun the dialogue; we will meet again to discuss how to take things forward,” he further added.

Meanwhile, the Odisha CM said, “We discussed several things including friendship of like-minded parties. We’ve not thought that (Parliament elections) far. He came to Odisha to offer thanks to Lord Jagannath for his tremendous victory.”

The Telangana CM will travel to various places for a period on one month, for which his party, the TRS, has hired a special aircraft.

“The Chief Minister along with his family members left for Vizag. He will visit Sharada Peetham and perform special prayers at Rajasyamala temple there. He will be leaving for Bhubaneswar this evening,” a senior TRS leader had said earlier in the day.

On December 24, the Telangana chief minister will visit Konark Temple and Jagannath Temple by road.

From Bhubaneswar, the Telangana CM will proceed to Kolkata, where he will call on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Monday, a release said.

After visiting Kalimata Temple in Kolkata, he will leave for New Delhi in the night. From December 25, for two to three days, Rao will be in the national capital, it added.

Rao will make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his stay in New Delhi, it had said, adding he will also meet former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

During his Delhi trip, Rao is scheduled to meet Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Union ministers, with whom he will discuss issues related to the state, the release had said.