Even as the regional parties continue their bid to stitch a federal front against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ahead of the 2019 General Assembly elections, Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch M Karunanidhi and DMK working president MK Stalin in Chennai. KCR first met Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence after which he met with MK Stalin at his Alwarpet residence.
The meeting is being seen as a part of KCR’s desire to get himself a bigger role in national politics along with taking the grand idea of a federal front forward.
As per reports, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will also be meeting with KCR on May 2 for the third front talks.
Reports also suggest that in the next three months, KCR will practically cover the entire country talking to the chiefs of all regional parties to cobble up a federal front projecting it as a strong alternative to the BJP and Congress.
In March, KCR met with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata for taking the third front talks forward. Interacting with the media after meeting his West Bengal counterpart, Rao had said that the third front would not be a mere alliance of a few political parties but for the people. Mamata had also urged all the opposition parties to work closely together against the NDA.
Rao has been making efforts to stitch an alternative political front by uniting regional parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the crucial 2019 General elections.
In many instances, KCR has asserted that he will unite all regional parties in the coming months to bring about "a qualitative change" in the country.