New Delhi, March 19: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday to discuss the formation of a third front for the general elections due in 2019. Rao said after the meeting that the front will be for the people of the country, as there is a need for an alternative political force. Also Read - Issue Death Certificates Based on ICMR Guidelines: Mamata Govt to West Bengal Hospitals

“People are thinking that before 2019 there will be another front. Let me clarify that this front will be for the people of India. This won’t be a mere alliance of a few political parties, this will be for the people. There is a need for an alternative force,” he said after the meeting. Also Read - Karnataka Coronavirus Cases Today: Days After CM BSY's Denial, Minister Confirms Community Transmission of COVID-19 in State

On the question of the Congress Party, he said: “You are thinking in the routine political model. The agenda we are proposing is different from the routine political model. This will be on people’s agenda.” Also Read - 'Criminalisation of Politics Has Scaled New Heights in West Bengal,' JP Nadda Attacks Mamata Govt

“It will be a collective leadership, it will be a federal leadership,” he added.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that whatever was discussed in the meeting was aimed for the development of the country.

“It is a good beginning. I think politics is a continuous process, whatever we have discussed is aimed towards the development of the country,” she said.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is rallying support for establishment of a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative. He had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country.