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KCR to meet Patnaik to push for new front

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

K Chandrasekhar Rao will meet his counterpart Naveen in the first week of May to explore the feasibility of forming a non-BJP, non-front before the 2019 polls, an official statement said today.

The meeting between Rao, who heads Telangana's ruling party TRS, and Patnaik, the BJD chief, would take place in Bhubaneshwar.

Owing to the assembly currently being in session, it has been decided to hold consultations in next month, the release said.

In his bid to cobble together a front of like-minded non-BJP and non-parties, Rao had met in Kolkata last month. He had also held consultations with former and JD(S) boss H D Deve Gowda as per his plans to forge an alternative front.

The TRS leader, however, had failed to secure a firm commitment from Banerjee, who heads the Trinamool Congress, about her willingness to keep the out of the proposed alliance.

On her part, Banerjee had held consultations with and Sanjay Raut, a of the BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena, to discuss ways to forge an anti-BJP front at the national level.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:40 IST