Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rastra Samithi supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao mooted the federal front proposal at the national level ahead of the 2019 elections. He held a couple of discussions with other leaders on this plan initially and was caught in the early elections to his State Assembly. He met Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal supremo Navin Patnaik, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamatha Benerji in the earlier days, besides the MIM chief Asaduddhin Owaisi in Hyderabad.
There was some news across the country when he pushed this proposal before the nation. He called it a federation or conglomeration of the regional parties. He felt that the regional parties should play key role in the national government as the national parties have failed to deliver to the States. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA or the Congress-led UPA have not helped the States in their regime and he wanted the regional parties to take the reins. His son and TRS working president K T Rama Rao also held initial talks with YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy a few months ago.
Now, in the midst of the general elections, KCR had visited Kerala and met chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and requested the Left parties to support the federal front. He also met DMK chief M K Stalin in Chennai and requested him to back the regional parties’ confederation – the federal front.
As the counting is a few hours away from now, KCR is not seen neither heard anywhere in the country. One wonders what had happened to his plans of giving a third alternative to the country, a true alternative to the NDA and UPA, formed with the regional parties. The national and regional parties are busy forging alliances and have plans to stake claims to form the government at the Centre.
The BJP is strengthening its relations with the NDA partners. The Congress too is looking for the more parties to join its UPA. There are some parties which are neither with the NDA nor the UPA and are looking for new alliances. However, KCR is found nowhere in these efforts. Does it mean that KCR had given up his claim and wants to settle down either with the NDA or the UPA.