Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rastra Samithi supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao is on extensive tour of the neighbouring States to mobilise support for his federal front to play key role in the national politics after the May 23 counting. He is mobilising the support for his federal front from the regional parties. He plans to make federal front a strong alternative to the existing two fronts – the NDA led by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the UPA headed by the Congress.
When he visited Tamil Nadu and held a meeting with DMK chief M K Stalin to invite him to join the federal front, the latter is understood to have said a big no to the TRS chief. It is also widely said that Stalin had invited KCR to support the Congress-led UPA at the Centre to keep NDA and Narendra Modi out of power. He also sought to remind the Telangana leader that the DMK was the first party to announce the candidature of Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the prime minister post after the 2019 elections and it was not right on his part to move away from the Congress at this point of time. He requested KCR to join the UPA and support Rahul Gandhi to be the next prime minister of the country.
With an unexpected response from the DMK chief, the TRS chief had returned home on the same day probably thinking on how to take forward his federal front plans at the national level. It is also expected that KCR would get almost a similar response from Karnataka chief minister H D Kumara Swamy, who is also tied-up with the Congress in his home state and is aligned with the Congress and Chandrababu Naidu leadership in the national politics.
KCR, so far had got the support from Hyderabad-based MIM, for his federal front. Though TRS working president K T Rama Rao met YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy a few months ago and sought his support for the federal front, the latter did not give his consent as the results are still to be out in the State. KCR had earlier met Odisha chief minister Navin Patnaik and West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji on his federal front plans. However, neither of them seem to have given their consent. It is to be seen how KCR would take forward his plans to be a king maker at the Center with his federal front plans.