Riding high on the party’s thumping victory in the just concluded elections, Telangana Rastra Samithi, chief K Chandrasekhar Rao had decided to meet the chief ministers of Odisha and West Bengal this week to push forward his plans of starting the federal front.
KCR had decided to take his first step towards north east visiting Visakhapatnam first and then Bhubaneswar and Kolkatta before landing in the national capital. In Visakhapatnam, he would visit the Sarada Peet and the move on to Bhubaneswar where he is scheduled to meet Biju Janata Dal chief and Odisha chief minister Navin Patnaik.
After the talks with Navin Patnaik, the TRS chief would move on to Kolkata where he would meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Benerji for the second time. KCR had met Mamata earlier in Kolkata before he dissolved the Assembly and went for early elections. He is now set to meet her to push forward his plans to start a third alternative front at the national level, a clear alternative to the UPA of the Congress and the NDA of the BJP.
Mamata Benerji, who was initially not interested in working with KCR and opted to work with Chandrababu Naidu, is now looking forward to the Telangana chief minister. She had held two rounds of meetings with Chandrababu Naidu where she wanted the TDP chief to back her candidature for the prime minister post. However, Chandrababu Naidu could not oblige her as he is tied-up with the Congress.
Now, with no option to go with Chandrababu Naidu and the Congress, Mamata Benerji is looking forward to KCR for the third alternative at the national level. If KCR agrees for her candidature as the prime minister, it is for sure the meeting between the two will be a successful one in building the third alternative to the UPA and NDA.