All Eyes Set On KCR-Didi Meet in Kolkata

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Meanwhile, The anti-Modi Third Front seems to be taking shape with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao flying to Kolkata to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee today. The two CMs talked about the formation of Federal Front in India ahead of 2019 polls, with a view to form government without the national parties Congress and BJP.

On being asked whether his proposed third front would face leadership crisis due to conflicting interest of various regional parties, he replied, "It will be a collective leadership, it will be a federal leadership". Let me clarify that this front will be for people of India.

The two Chief Ministers, who jointly addressed the media, said both of them were in agreement that the country needed growth-driven politics at this juncture. "A chamatkar is what the country needs, something it has not seen in 71 years", said Rao, the chief of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. "It would be people's agenda".

"It will be a collective leadership, it will be a federal leadership", he added.

Mamata Banerjee termed the meeting as a "good beginning" and said discussions held were aimed at the development of the nation. We made a good beginning today and I am confident that we would be able to take it forward.

When asked what the Front would do if the Congress decides to support it, Rao claimed the coalition would be "different from the routine political model" and will be based on the people's agenda. The party sources told that Rao will give Mamata Banerjee an outline for the need of a new political front and will seek her views over that. KCR was accompanied by Members of Parliament, K Kavitha, APJ Jitendar Reddy and TRS general secretary Santosh Kumar along with K Keshav Rao, who was once Congress in charge for West Bengal.

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It is not mere Congress or BJP or KCR or Mamata. Automatically all will come together.

"There may be some political parties with different viewpoints and some may share ideas. We are not in a hurry and are approaching others also".

"Politics, like government administration, is a continuous process". In politics it takes time... in the meantime, everybody is free to discuss.

Answering a question on who would be the other stakeholders of the front, Banerjee said: "In politics, the situation sometimes allows everyone to come and work together". We maintain good relationships with all parties.

"Don't think one party can rule the country". We have to respect each other.

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