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KCR against sharing stage with Rahul, to skip Mamata's Jan 19 rally

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 


will in all likelihood give a miss to the January 19 rally of opposition parties proposed by the TMC in Kolkata as he does not want to share stage with the Congress, party sources said.

KCR, as he is popularly known, had recently met Trinamool (TMC) supremo and Minister as part of his renewed efforts towards forging a 'non-Congress, non-BJP' federal front of regional parties.

While the minister spoke to media after their meeting in Kolkata on December 24 last, Mamata, reportedly not in favour of excluding the in the proposed grand opposition alliance, did not offer any comment.

Asked if KCR would attend the Kolkata rally, TRS in the Lok Sabha, B Vinod told PTI Thursday, "I do not know whether KCR got the invitation or not. I am not aware of it. He might have got the invitation. I do not think KCR will attend when is attending."

For the Rashtra Samiti (TRS), is the main opposition in and KCR had last year described its as the "biggest baffoon" in the country.

The TRS returned to power last month, winning 88 seats in the 119-member Telangana Assembly, pushing the Congress to a distant second position with 19 seats. The BJP won in only one segment.

KCR had also recently met Odisha and Biju Janata Dal (BJP) chief seeking to drum up support for the federal front.

Patnaik's statement on Wednesday that his party would not align with the Congress and BJP has enthused the TRS.

"I do not think because of KCR's visit, he (Patnaik) made such a statement. He took that position long back. He held the same view for a long time," said.

He said both KCR and Patnaik have "same thoughts" as both are against aligning with the two national parties.

The said (SP) chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who could not meet KCR during the latter's visit to recently, was expected to visit the southern state "any time" to talk to the

On BSP supremo Mayawati's stance on KCR's federal front, he said, "We did not discuss with her".

The TRS sources claimed that KCR's federal front idea was gaining traction.

"....already that idea is broached. Mayawati and Akhilesh took a stand that they are not going to ally with Congress in They are also fighting against the Congress and BJP, leaving only two seats for and Rahul Gandhi," said.

The also cited the political scenario in some states, including West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana, where, he said, regional parties were set to take on both the Congress and BJP in triangular fights in the next Lok Sabha polls.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 16:50 IST