Tamil Nadu’s DMK leadership had finally welcomed Telangana Rastra Samithi supremo K Chandrasehar Rao for talks on the proposed federal front at the national level. DMK chief, M K Stalin had agreed to sit in the consultation with KCR on May 13 in Chennai. Stalin, who is now close to Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, showed little interest in meeting the Telangana chief minister initially. Stalin held a couple of meetings with Chandrababu Naidu, who is grooming some parties to back the Congress-led UPA at the Centre. In fact, Stalin had shared the dais with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu in Chennai a couple of months ago. It was Stalin who had proposed Rahul Gandhi’s name for the Prime Minister post after the 2019 elections. The candidature was then backed by Chandrababu Naidu, who went back on it later and is talking about the consensus candidate.
Meanwhile, the TRS chief had been making efforts to bring some regional parties into his federal front fold. He held talks with Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji, Biju Janata Dal supremo and Odisha chief minister Navin Patnaik and CPM leader and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on his federal front plans. He had also scheduled similar talks with DMK chief Stalin and Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Kumara Swamy this fortnight. He enjoys the support of Hyderabad-based MIM for his federal front. His son and TRS working president K T Rama Rao held initial talks with YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy in the past and is understood to have received some positive signals.
As of now, KCR was able to knock at the doors of six regional parties, besides the CPM leadership and is heading for more such consultations in the weeks ahead. His efforts would succeed if the TRS wins more than a dozen Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. The YSR Congress Party’s victory in Andhra Pradesh is also important for KCR to play key role in the national politics. If the YSR Congress wins more than 20 Lok Sabha seats, then KCR would emerge as a strong leader in the national politics. This would make other regional parties to toe the TRS chief’s line once the results are out and if the NDA and UPA fail to get the majority.