Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu wanted defeat of Naredra Modi-Amit Shah led BJP, while his Telangana counterpart Chandrasekhar Rao lobbied for an alternative front to the BJP and Congress.
The country has two fronts – one (NDA) led by the BJP and the other (UPA) led by the Congress. The Telangana chief minister had started his share of work to build a third front, which was initially called secular front. Chandrasekhar Rao had visited West Bengal and Karnataka to campaign for this front, while Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had visited Hyderabad in support of the slogan.
At least for the next round of Lok Sabha elections due in 2019, the country does not see the need for a third front, if one goes by the results of the Karantaka elections. People want to back the NDA headed by the BJP. The Congress is losing its base across the country and it is not in a position to win or lead a front. However, there is UPA and at the most, the Congress might continue to settle with the allies for the next election too.
When Telangana’s Chandrasekhar Rao talked about the third front or secular front and made attempts to mobilise support, Chandrababu Naidu did the background work to muster support for him and not Chandrasekhar Rao. It was because of these efforts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerji had talked about Chandrababu Naidu and not Chandrasekhar Rao though the latter had met her in Kolkata ahead of his campaign.
It is said that Chandrababu Naidu had tried his best to get support for him for the third front though he did not make such moves openly. Thus, he had spoiled the efforts of Chandrasekhar Rao who was doing his politics openly and finally the Karnataka verdict had made it clear that there is no space in Indian politics for a third front at least for the next one election.
Having failed, it is to be seen how Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu to make their moves to keep their parties busy in the national politics.