K Chandrasekhar Rao meets Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, discusses formation of 'federal front' ahead of 2019 polls

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on Monday amid efforts to form a formidable non-BJP and non-Congress front ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Speaking to the media after the meet, Rao said: "There is a need for an alternative force. We are trying to bring a real federal front for the country."

File image of K Chandrasekhar Rao. AFP

File image of K Chandrasekhar Rao. AFP

He also commended Mamata for her efforts in her state. "The way Mamata has transformed Bengal is commendable. I am really proud of the way Kolkata has developed."

The meeting assumes political significance as Rao recently floated the idea of forming a "third front" against the BJP and Congress for the Lok Sabha election.

"People are thinking before 2019 there will be another front. Let me clarify that this front will be for people of India. This won't be a mere alliance of a few political parties, this will be for the people. There is a need for an alternate force," Rao said, as per ANI.

Rao said that this country needs to a change and it is time to re-invent its politics. "Our front will be a bigger front, different from the routine model. This is just the beginning," he added.

Mamata, meanwhile, said that politics is a continuous process but said that "this is a good beginning." "Every political party has its own identity and respect... but no one party should rule the country. We need to work together, maintain good relations with all parties. We are approaching others also (for the front), we are not in a hurry."

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is playing an instrumental role in bringing together Opposition parties against the BJP-led NDA with the aim to throw them out of power in the coming national poll.

Speaking about the Third Front, Rao said: "It will be a collective leadership, it will be a federal leadership." "Neither the Congress nor the BJP has worked for this country," he told media persons.

According to News18, KCR was also expected to discuss the strategy that the two parties will adopt on the no-confidence motion being moved by the Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress against the NDA government in the Lok Sabha.

The meeting took place at the state secretariat, ‘Nabanna’ and TRS MPs AP Jithender Reddy, K Keshava Rao and Telangana chief adviser Rajiv Sharma were also in attendance.

With inputs from PTI.

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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 18:19:41 IST

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