Hyderabad: With less than a fortnight left for Lok Sabha election results, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is likely to meet and contact various party leaders in his attempt to form a federal front of regional leaders. Rao, who met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan last week, left for Chennai on Sunday evening and is likely to meet Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M.K. Stalin in the coming days, said leaders from Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
“He is definitely going to contact different leaders and talk about forming a federal front. But we don’t know the dates yet. What we want to do is to put forth our idea of a federal front and explain it to other parties," said a senior TRS leader, who did not want to be identified. He added that KCR was supposed to meet Stalin earlier, but that the meeting was postponed.
Ever since floating the idea a year ago, KCR has met a series of party bosses to push for the front, including Banerjee, Deve Gowda of Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), M.K. Stalin of DMK, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). However, the only leader who has openly backed KCR is Reddy, while Akhilesh Yadav held a press conference with him in Hyderabad.
“Everything will depend on the numbers that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) get. KCR definitely wants to form a federal front, but if the NDA falls short of numbers by a short margin, then maybe TRS might provide outside support as it has done in Parliament in the past," stated the TRS leader.
“The federal front idea is not likely to work out. Except Jagan, no one has declared support. Let KCR show numbers if he has numbers," said a TDP leader from AP, who did not want to be named.
“Tomorrow if there is a situation wherein say the BJP or NDA needs just 20-odd seats to form a government, so someone like Jagan (Mohan Reddy), who is likely to win about 20 or so seats out of 25 in AP, might alone offer to provide support. Even if KCR forms the front, individual leaders will not wait or ask him for consent to provide support in such a case," said political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.