Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rastra Samithi supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao hinted at launching a national party after the elections. He said he was for a federal front with the membership of some regional parties. However, if this doesn’t work, he said he would go for a national party.
KCR addressed Karimnagar election meeting where he emphasised the need for a government that sans both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. He wanted the people to ensure that both the BJP and the Congress are removed from the country’s political scene. “I am for BJP and Congress muktha Bharat,” KCR said indicating that he is maintaining equal distance from both the teams.
KCR had earlier met Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji and Biju Janata Dal chief and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on forming a national level front. His son and TRS working president K T Rama Rao had met YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy a couple of months ago and requested him to join the federal front after the elections. The MIM is also with KCR in the national politics as its chief Asaduddhin Owaisi is playing key role in the national politics and is ready to help KCR in realising his dream.
The TRS supremo is blaming both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA for ignoring the interests of the States. While it is a point that most of the parties that come to power at the Centre want the States to be week and the Centre to be strong, there are some regional parties that have been fighting for their rights. The States allege that those in power at the Centre are making States to be at their mercy.
The Telugu Desam Party founder late N T Rama Rao used to oppose the Centre’s domination on the States and had rallied the Opposition parties and helped in forming the first non-Congress coalition government in the country, after 1977’s Janata Party’s government failed to live and work. Even now, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is firm on opposing the NDA government and is part of the Congress-led UPA. Though both Chandrababu Naidu and Chandrasekhar Rao have similar views on the Central government, they are not together and ready to provide an alternative government at the Centre.
It is to be seen how KCR would take his new plans forward after this round of general election.