Telangana Rastra Samithi chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is doing better than his AP counterpart and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu in the national politics. While Chandrababu Naidu had joined the Congress-led UPA and other opposition parties, Chandrasekhar Rao is building a new political alternative with the regional parties.
The TRS chief had won the support of MIM from Andhra Pradesh and Biju Janata Dal in Odisha as of now, besides having some positive signs from the YSR Congress and Jana Sena from Andhra Pradesh. He is now heading to West Bengal to have second round of talks with Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Benerjee.
The Trinamool Congress chief is unhappy with the Congress and is not ready to join the Congress-led opposition as she is in the race for the Prime Minister office. If KCR accepts her candidature, Mamata might join the federal front that he is building now. The TRS chief is also planning to meet Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who are unhappy with the Congress and Chandrababu Naidu.
While the meeting with these leaders will take some more time for KCR, the TRS chief is close to success in building a national alternative to the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA ahead of the next general elections. There were positive signals for the federal front from Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Navin Patnaik. This positive sign from Odisha chief minister gives some advantage to KCR’s efforts and keep him a little advanced than his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu.
KCR is planning to spare more time for the national politics and it is for this reason, he had already made his son K T Rama Rao as the TRS working president. The son is set for greater role in Telangana in the days to come as the father sets for a national role. It is to be seen how KCR carves a place for him in the national politics and plays key role in the 2019 elections.