The speculation is over now. It is clear, at least 99 per cent, for the people to talk about the YSR Congress to be part of the federal front mooted by Telangana Rastra Samithi chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The front, as planned initially, will be a consortium of the regional parties.
KCR, after his re-election in the December 7 polls, had moved the federal front issue further and had met Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar. He also met West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamtha Benerji in Kolkata and sought their support for the federal front. He has on his side the All India MIM from Hyderabad to drum up support for the front. Now, KCR had successfully netted the YSR Congress from Andhra Pradesh in the front.
The two-hour long meeting between TRS working president K T Rama Rao and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in Hyderabad had cleared the doubts over the YSR Congress joining the front. Though Jaganmohan Reddy said that he had to discuss the issue with his party leaders before taking a call, it was for the first time that Jaganmohan Reddy spoke about the front and his friendship with the TRS.
It is also said that KCR is likely to meet Jaganmohan Reddy in the next two weeks in Andhra Pradesh and not in Hyderabad. KCR plans to visit Vijayawada sometime in the next two weeks and hold talks about the federal front. However, Jaganmohan Reddy would have to hold talks with his party leaders before the meeting between KCR and Jagan has to happen. Jaganmohan Reddy is also planning to start his bus yatra to cover the 50 Assembly constituencies which were not covered in the Padayatra. This might take some more time as he needs to settle down with the election preparations.
The TRS leaders have been talking about their friendship with the YSR Congress. Even the MIM had declared that the YSR Congress is their friend and they would campaign for the party in the AP Assembly elections. It is for the first time that the silence from the YSR Congress is broken. KTR’s visit to Jagan was first to congratulate the YSR Congress chief on his successful completion of the historic 3648 km long Praja Sankalpa Padayatra from Idupulapaya to Ichapuram on January 9. After the initial greetings between the two leaders, they also talked about the federal front for which Jaganmohan Reddy responded positively.