Federal Front can take Congress support to form government: TRS
- In his meeting with Stalin in Chennai on Monday, Rao had urged him to join the Federal Front while explaining the need for such a political conglomeration which is devoid of Congress and BJP
- TRS is also taking in its stride Stalin’s comment on Tuesday that there was no scope for a third front at the Centre
TRS spokesperson Abid Rasool Khan told TOI that he was certain that the Front would come to office on its own at the Centre. “However, if it falls short of numbers and Congress voluntarily offers to lend support, the Front partners will take a decision on it. Congress will not emerge as a key player on May 23 and once the results are announced, its partners will desert it and join the Federal Front,” he said.
In his meeting with Stalin in Chennai on Monday, Rao had urged him to join the Federal Front while explaining the need for such a political conglomeration which is devoid of Congress and BJP. However, the TRS spokesperson’s statement on Tuesday is a slight departure from the party’s earlier position that it will not do any business with Congress.
In the same breath, Khan emphasized that the Federal Front will “not do any business with BJP”. To a question whether it was open to taking support from BJP, Khan said, “It will only be a coalition of secular parties.”
Another TRS leader, Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar, was more cautious on taking Congress support. “This is something we have not decided about. We will take a call when the results are out. Nothing concrete can be said at this juncture and this can only lead to confusion and misinterpretation,” he said.
Sources said KCR intends to meet Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy in the next few days in Bengaluru. This would be the second interaction between the two. KCR had earlier this month spoken to Kumaraswamy over the phone purportedly over river water sharing between Karnataka and Telangana, sparking speculation over the Telangana chief minister wanting to open a channel of communication with Congress, which is an ally of JD(S) in Karnataka.
When asked about reports of KCR angling for the deputy PM’s post after May 23, TRS spokesperson Palla Rajeshwara Reddy said, “It is not right to say that KCR is taking interest in national politics to become deputy PM. His effort is not at getting any post or position but bringing about a change in the country and governance.”
TRS is also taking in its stride Stalin’s comment on Tuesday that there was no scope for a third front at the Centre. “KCR and Stalin had a cordial meeting,” Palla Rajeshwara said.
KCR, 65, has been in politics since 1983, having tasted just one defeat which was on his debut from the Siddipet assembly seat. He has also been minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh and served as Union minister in the UPA government. He is hoping to win 16 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana so that he can have a larger say in national politics.