Hyderabad, Aug 5: Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an effort to forge a possible post-election alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019. Top sources said that an alliance is being sought out in case the numbers don’t favour the party. They also revealed that during the meeting, 2019 Lok Sabha Elections were discussed at length. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
During the meeting the Telangana Chief Minister discussed at least 11 issues and submitted letters pertaining to them. He sought the President’s assent for a bill, enhancing quantum of reservation for BCs, SCs and STs. In his second meeting with Modi in less than two months, Rao discussed various pending issues relating to the state. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation
He sought the President’s assent to the bill for increasing quantum of reservation in educational institutions and government jobs for backward classes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) also met on Saturday to discuss the political situation in the country and possible pre and post-poll alliances with the other political parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The CWC meeting came a day after sources with the Congress revealed that the grand-old party has not been looking for an alliance with Shiv Sena whose “ideology is not aligned with its thinking”.
“There will not be an alignment between their ideology and ours,” the sources said. Amid KCR’s meeting with PM Modi and CWC meeting, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said it would decide on alliances and seat adjustment in two months. It also recognised BJP as its ‘number one target’.
“The party would hold a Politburo meeting on September 26 to decide who to ally with in the forthcoming state elections. The party will decide the possible tie-ups in the states in accordance with the party congress’ decision. The Central Committee on October 5, 6 and 7 will finalise the tie-ups and seat adjustment,” said CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.