Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) is likely to support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if his federal front fails to fly and the NDA falls short of a majority, two Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders said.
After KCR’s meeting with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M.K. Stalin on Monday, several local media reports suggested the former is now leaning towards the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.
However, the two leaders cited above said it is very unlikely KCR will side with the UPA since rival and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is currently working to form an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) front on the national level.
KCR has been talking to several regional leaders to form a non-Congress, non-BJP front or a federal front. “He met Stalin to put forth the federal front idea. If that does not work out, he might decide to provide outside support to the NDA -- if it falls short of numbers. Between the NDA and UPA, KCR is on better terms with the former," said one of the two TRS leaders cited above. both asked not to be named.
The TRS leader also pointed out that Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced support for KCR’s federal front idea, and that Jagan will not be willing to work with the UPA for the same reason as KCR. “How can both parties, which are opposed to each other, support the UPA? The formation of the federal front depends on the results, and how many seats regional parties win on their own," stated the TRS leader.
Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy said regardless of the situation post 23 May, KCR is likely to play a key role in national politics. “A non-NDA and non-UPA alliance will be a strong lobby, but it will need support from Congress or BJP. KCR will have maximum 16 seats in that, so somebody else with more seats might be chosen as the prime ministerial candidate," he said.
Last week, B. Vinod Kumar, TRS MP from the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat, had said, “A new political confederation will come out (after election results)."
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