Regional parties make fresh bid to form third front

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee here and discussed the possibility of third front minus Congress in a bid to challnge the BJP at centre.

"In the backdrop of Telangana Chief Minister calling for a qualitative change in politics, he will meet and hold discussions with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on March 19", sources in the Telangana Chief Minister's office (CMO) told PTI last night. He brushed aside a question on whether the Federal Front would be willing to take the support of the Congress in the event of that party offering it during the 2019 elections.

Rao, who heads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, said a "a beginning has been made" on the the formation of a "federal front". "The country needs a miracle, this country needs to change, reinvent". He said the agenda of the front would be quite different from what was being known to people all these years.

Batting for a Federal Front -- floated unsuccessfully by Mamata on earlier occasions, KCR said in 2019 there would be a front which will be a "for the people of India".

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When asked if the Congress would join the coalition, the TRS leader said, "You're thinking in a routine political model. This will be on people's agenda", said Rao. "We will talk to all like-minded parties to create an alternative against the Congress and the BJP", said Rao, after a two-hour meeting with Banerjee at Nabanna, the state secretariat.

Accordingly KCR's Third Front idea was backed by Mamta Banarjee, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Former Jharkhand CM Hemanth Soren and Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan.

Regional parties made fresh attempts on Monday to claim the leadership space in the opposition by projecting themselves as a viable non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) non-Congress alternative. Today was just the beginning. I have visited Kolkata some 13-14 years ago and today, I am very happy looking at the city for the development. She said she and Mr Rao discussed the development of the country and farmers' issues and will hold discussions with like-minded parties.

"This was a good beginning". The dialogue has been started. Automatically all will come together. Let the leaders talk to each other. We have to work together. "The federal front that is in the offing will be a huge entity", he said. We maintain good relationships with all parties. "We are not in a hurry and are approaching others also". "They should respect each other".

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