Telangana Chief Minister KCR is focusing on national politics. He has started making fresh efforts to form Federal Front. For this he has gone on a visit to the southern states. He is visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu for a week. KCR’s strategy is to form Federal Front after the elections. During last six months, he made several efforts. He visited various states to discuss and exchange views with leaders of regional parties. He feels that the Centre is keeping all powers with itself and dominating the states and hence all regional parties should come together to have their say at the Centre. KCR is of the view that though Congress and BJP ruled for most of the time in independent India, they have done no good for the people. That’s why he feels that this time the Federal Front of regional parties should become key at the Centre.
However, the question is whether this is possible in the current situation. It looks doubtful if KCR will succeed in his efforts. He is of the view that even if the Federal Front doesn’t come to power it should have a key role in the government to be formed at the Centre and through this the states will benefit. However, which are the parties that will join Federal Front is the question. Since Narendra Modi is strong, his rivals have come together to defeat him. Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Stalin, Aravind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and Kumaraswamy all have come on one platform. They are all against Narendra Modi. They may not be with Congress but are ready to work with Congress to unseat Modi from power. In this situation it will be difficult to predict which party will join hands with KCR.
Now KCR visited Kerala and met Chief Minister Pinyari Vijayan. His party CPM already has an understanding with Congress against Narendra Modi. Moreover, CPM is a national party and there are no possibilities of Vijayan taking decisions in the party. If crucial decisions have to be taken they are taken by party’s top leaders. After Kerala, KCR will go to Tamil Nadu to meet DMK chief Stalin. DMK already has an alliance with Congress. The party is repeatedly saying that Rahul Gandhi is the prime ministerial candidate. That’s why we can’t say that Stalin will leave Congress to join Federal Front. KCR is building good relations with Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy. Recently, at KCR’s request he released water for Jurala. However, for Kumaraswamy who joined hands with Congress to form the government, the state is his first priority. In this situation if he leaves Congress he will have to give up the chief minister’s post. That’s why he may also not show the courage to join Federal Front.
Mamata Banerjee has also taken a stand that an alliance without Congress is not possible. She is giving more importance to Chandrababu Naidu. She may also not join the Federal Front. TRS believes that in Andhra Pradesh Jagan will join this Front. Jagan agreed with KCR’s view in the past. But he has been repeatedly saying that more than national politics, special category to the state is important for him. Hence, he will extend support to whoever promises to give special status. In Odisha Naveen Patnaik is neutral. Political observers say while KCR’s thinking may be good, in the current situation formation of Federal Front as the third alternative may not be possible.