All eyes are now on the proposed meeting of the Telangana Chief Minister with his West Bengal counterpart at Kolkata today. The successful meeting between Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with Odisha chief minister Navin Patnaik had pinned the hopes on building federal front, the initiative that KCR had taken up during his first term. He met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Benerjee in Kolkata before going for early polls in Telangana. He had also met Uttar Pradesh former chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Hyderabad on the same issue.
On his return now, KCR had intensified the trial to build a national alternative to the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA. The proposed federal front that he talks about ahead of the next general elections will be a consortium of all regional parties as he claims. Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal supremo Navin Patnaik had sounded positively to the proposed federal front, but said that talks would have to be continued to give a clear shape for the federal front.
With Navin Patnaik responding positively to the proposed federal front, KCR has close to half-a-dozen regional parties on his side including his own Telangana Rastra Samithi. The MIM is already with him and there are positive signs of the YSR Congress and Jana Sena from Andhra Pradesh sailing with him. Now, the Biju Janata Dal had given a positive sign taking the toll to five regional parties. If West Bengal chief minister Mamata Benerjee readies to align with KCR, then the federal front would have six regional parties on its kitty.
Winning Navin Patnaik for the federal front is a good beginning for KCR in his efforts. If he rallies the Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh and the Bahujan Samaj Party too, then it is for sure that the federal front would be a force to reckon with in the next elections. It all matters whether KCR would be able to rope in Mamata Benerjee, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav with him as the three of them are not happy with the Congress-led UPA. There is one more party – Aam Aadmi Party – in Delhi, which is yet to decide its alliance.