Chennai: DMK President MK Stalin on Tuesday clarified that Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao did not come to Tamil Nadu to talk about the formation of Federal Front. Stalin added, “He came to visit temples. He wanted to meet me. It was a courtesy visit.”
The meeting that took place in Tamil Nadu’s capital city went on for over an hour. Stalin conveyed to Rao that DMK party was in a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and that he had also pitched the name of Rahul Gandhi for the office of the Prime Minister. DMK sources reportedly said, “Thalaivar (Stalin) urged Rao to extend Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s support for a Congress-led government at the Centre.”
Earlier, Rao had met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan and exuded confidence in the deliberations that regional parties would emerge as a powerful force with a significant number of seats. Rao reportedly said that neither the Congress nor the BJP would have adequate numbers to form a government.
In such an eventuality, the TRS chief told the DMK president that a government could be propped up by the regional parties with the support of “national parties,” a reference perceived to include the Left parties as well.
Possible “post-poll scenarios” which may emerge and how a federal front could help regional parties and “southern States,” were put forth by Rao, sources added.
To this,the DMK side,which was also represented by senior leaders Duraimurugan and T R Baalu, felt the situation was conducive only for a Congress-led government at the Centre.
Also, the Dravidian party pointed out that toying with the idea for a regime steered by regional outfits at the Centre may not work in view of divergent state specific positions of some parties.
The TRS is opposed to both Congress and Telugu Desam Party in Telangana.
Before meeting the DMK chief, KCR first visited Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli on May 10.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri downplayed the meeting between the two leaders and asked journalists “why accord importance to the meeting…in India a third front is not possible and not practicable; State parties from Kasmir to Kanyakumari know this very well.”
BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan wondered what was Stalin’s “hesitation” in his meeting with Rao to assert that he only supported Rahul Gandhi.
Taking a jibe at Stalin, she said the DMK top leader had faced a similar hesitation when he was in West Bengal to take part in a rally held by Mamata Banerjee. She alleged the DMK had a reputation of changing colours, adding there was no transparency.
(With agency inputs)