KT Rama Rao, son of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) met with Jagan Mohan Reddy from the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) on Wednesday to have talks to form the non-BJP, non-Congress coalition called the Southern Front. They are likely to hold a joint press conference after the meeting at 12:30 pm.
Telangana CM KCR who had taken the initiative to for Federal Front had announced that he would be stepping into national politics and had been meeting regional leaders before and after Telangana state polls.
He had announced a Federal Front - a non-BJP, non-Congress alliance which is in competition with the alliance which is being attempted by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, who wants to form a non-NDA coalition with Congress as its key player.
KCR has been hoping to harness the resistance that leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati have displayed towards the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and using that, woo them towards his front. He recently met with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for the same.
However, no one has pledged their support to KCR's Federal Front.
Now his son and Siricilla MLA KT Rama Rao will try to join hands with Andhra Pradesh's YSRCP head Jagan Mohan Reddy, Both Rao and Reddy hope to form a coalition for after the Lok Sabha polls.
Reddy is willing to form a post-poll alliance in exchange for support for special status for Andhra Pradesh. The TRS has been supported for this demand by the YSRCP.
TRS' KTR is confident that they coalition after the Lok Sabha, say sources. Rao and Reddy believe if they have the number they will form a strong regional alliance post the elections.
For the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Congress is the main opposition in Telangana and KCR had last year described its president Rahul Gandhi 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.