Telangana CM KSR to meet Mamata over alternative front

Telangana CM KSR to meet Mamata over alternative front

An anti-BJP third front sans Congress seems to be taking shape as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata and said that the proposed third front will be a "collective and federal leadership".

"You are thinking in the routine political model". He had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country. Rao said the federal front will be a "people's front".

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance and said that it would move a no-confidence motion of its own in the Lok Sabha against the Narendra Modi-led government.

Banerjee, too, called the meeting a good beginning.

Mamata Banerjee termed the meeting as a "good beginning" and said discussions held were aimed at the development of the nation.

Answering a question on who would be the other stakeholders of the front, Banerjee said: "In politics, the situation sometimes allows everyone to come and work together". KCR is aiming to create the Third Front before the 2019 Assembly Polls. "Let me clarify that this front will be for people of India", Rao said. The agenda we are proposing is different from the routine political model.

Rao had already made a decision to organise meetings in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to gather views of legal luminaries, retired officers and various organisations on how to formulate a pro-farmer agenda for the front. "There is a need for alternate force", he said. What will happen if BJP goes out of power and Congress comes?

Mooting the alternative, Rao had called for a "qualitative change" in politics and had also announced that he was ready to take on the mantle of leading a political front. "Though the feasibility for an alternative front initially raised several doubts, many political parties are now willing to get on-board", he added.

Rao aims at establishing a non-Congress and non-BJP government at the centre and the meeting was held in order to discuss new possibilities with Mamata Banerjee.