Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will likely fly to Kolkata on Monday to meet the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and discuss the possibility of a ‘third-party front’.
The ‘third-party front’ will be a ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ political arena.
A top official from the Chief Minister’s office said, “It is not yet confirmed but the Chief Minister is likely to go to Kolkata on Monday, a day after the Telugu New Year, to meet Mamata Banerjee. The CM is keen on forming a national front of political parties. He will emphasise that he is proposing an alternative to the Congress and BJP so that there is a change in quality of governance at the Centre.”
The move comes after the Telangana CM, on March 3, declared his idea of joining the national politics and being in talks with ‘like-minded’ parties, including the Left, to being about ‘qualitative changes’ in the governance, while directly blaming that neither the Congress nor the BJP could properly govern the country.
He said, “In the last 70 years, the political system, whether ruled by Congress or BJP, has failed.miserably to bring a qualitative change in the lives of the people.We are talking of tackling corruption and ensuring social justice. Every day, there are reports of Dalits being killed. The BJP is in power in some of the states where they (Dalits) are getting killed.”
The Trinamool Congress chief was the first among to call KCR and extend her support to him. Banerjee openly supported her side towards KCR and his idea of ‘third-party front’.
Among the others who supported the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TSR) chief were Ajit Jogi, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.