Mayawati yet to confirm meeting with KCR while Akhilesh Yadav postpones; third front takes a hit ahead of 2019 polls

Plans of Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) to meet BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav here in a bid to cobble up a non-BJP, non-Congress alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election seem to have hit a roadblock.

Press Trust of India December 26, 2018 22:39:06 IST
Mayawati yet to confirm meeting with KCR while Akhilesh Yadav postpones; third front takes a hit ahead of 2019 polls

New Delhi: Plans of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) to meet BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav here in a bid to cobble up a non-BJP, non-Congress alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election seem to have hit a roadblock.

Mayawati yet to confirm meeting with KCR while Akhilesh Yadav postpones third front takes a hit ahead of 2019 polls

File image of BSP leader Mayawati. PTI

While Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow Wednesday that he would meet Rao after 6 January in Hyderabad, Mayawati has not yet given time to the Telangana chief minister. Yadav said he appreciates Rao's efforts to build an alliance, but he will not be able to meet him in Delhi. Earlier, a meeting between the two was planned at the residence of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Though Mayawati is in Delhi since Sunday afternoon, she has not yet confirmed the time for the proposed meeting.

Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) are key regional players in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. The SP has maintained that a non-BJP alliance will not be able to stand without their inclusion. The TRS chief reached Delhi on Monday night and would be here till Thursday.

Pitching for a Federal Front of regional parties, Rao had on Monday met Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Addressing the media after the meeting, he had said that they discussed a "matter of mutual interest" and "national politics”. "Our dialogue will continue and shortly, we will come with a concrete plan," he said. Banerjee did not speak. On Sunday, he had met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to discuss an alternative front. The BJP has dubbed him as the 'B team' of the Congress, while Rahul Gandhi and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu have accused Rao of being the 'B team' of BJP.

Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday evening. This was Rao's first meeting with Modi after winning the assembly elections to return to power in Telangana. He discussed a variety of issues with the prime minister, including the release of funds for 10 backward districts, setting up of a separate high court for Telangana, Kendriya Vidyalayas in the new district and an IIIT in Karimnagar district, according to state officials.

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