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KCR may not be averse to back Congress-led coalition (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar may not be averse to extending support to Congress-led government at the Centre, sources said.

Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief is believed to have conveyed this to M.during the meeting with the latter in Chennai on Monday.

While called on Stalin to drum up support for proposed Federal Front for formation of a non-and non-government at the Centre, the suggested that should extend support to Congress-led coalition to prevent from coming to power.

Sources said told Stalin that if emerges as the single largest or second largest party in Lok Sabha, he may not be averse to extending support to it. He recalled that was earlier a constituent of (UPA) led by

KCR's meeting with Stalin came a week after the chief called on Chief Minister in Thiruvananthapuram to discuss federal front.

H.D. Kumaraswamy's telephonic conversation with last week also came amid stepped up efforts by the TRS chief to give a shape to an alliance of regional parties.

The series of meetings with leaders from south also sparked the buzz that is trying to push for a leader from the south as the prime ministerial candidate.

Despite fact that DMK is an ally of Congress and Stalin on more than one occasion proposed Congress as the candidate, KCR's meeting with him threw hints that he is ready to bury the hatchet and work with Congress.

The Congress is KCR's main adversary in and since last month 11 out of 19 MLAs of Congress have defected to TRS.

KCR, who was part of cabinet in UPA-I, had cordial relations with Congress leadership. In fact, one of the reasons for Congress granting statehood to Telangana was its calculation that TRS will merge with it.

However, after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, KCR decided to keep TRS as a political entity, evoking sharp reaction from Congress, which accused him of betrayal.

In this context, the meetings with Stalin and telephonic talk with Kumaraswamy are being seen as attempts by KCR to build the bridges with Congress.

It has been a year since KCR floated the idea of Federal Front as an alternative to both and Congress to bring a qualitative change in the national

The agenda he tried to project was the cooperative federalism. He wants the Centre to allow states to grow in true spirit of the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution.

Sources said KCR may be trying to bring southern states on a common platform to demand the Centre to fully implement cooperative federalism by devolving more powers and funds to the states.

The TRS chief remained confident that once the poll results were announced, it would not take much time for Federal Front to take shape. His son and TRS working K. T. Rama recalled that even UPA had come into existence only after 2004 polls.

The TRS leaders believe that both NDA and UPA will fall short of majority by huge numbers. They predicted 150-160 seats for BJP-led NDA and 100-110 seats for Congress-led UPA.

They are of the view that Federal Front will give a platform to the parties where they can root for their respective states and the rights of the states in more federalistic setup.

TRS is counting on the support from (YSRCP), which is likely to win 20-22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in TRS leaders believe that this along with their 17 (including one seat of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) will give the Telugu states a good bargaining power.

The southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and together have 129 Lok Sabha seats.

TRS leaders expect that if non-BJP non-Congress parties win 150-170 seats, they will be in a position to decide who the next should be.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 22:56 IST