Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and son of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, KT Rama Rao on Wednesday held a meeting with YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, where they confirmed talks of a Federal Front for the upcoming 2019 elections.
Speaking to the media after their meeting, both the leaders stated that they have discussed the possibility of an alliance as well the possible reasons to come together and fight the elections.
"KCR has taken an effort to make changes in the irregularities in the country. KCR called up Jagan and spoke over phone about Federal Front. Like minded forces believe in strengthening regional forces. KCR will go to Andhra Pradesh and talk in detail about the Federal Front with Jagan," KT Rama Rao said.
Following that, Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke, wherein he stated that special status to Andhra Pradesh, which the Centre is yet to give, is one of the major reasons behind the possibility of the two parties joining hands.
"After KCR spoke to me over phone, KTR came to discuss the Federal Front. We have noticed that Centre will not heed to the demands of 25 MPs from Andhra Pradesh for special status to AP. Only when the 17 MPs from Telangana also join, only then we can put pressure on Centre. I appreciate the platform which KCR is forming for Federal Front. I will discuss on how to take forward the Federal Front after discussing it with my party," the YSRCP chief added.
Jagan's views were echoed by KTR, who promised to lend support towards special status for Andhra Pradesh. "We have put across the message to Jagan that the promise made in Parliament that special status will be granted to AP has to be met," he said before Jagan added, "We need more numbers to put pressure on Centre to ensure AP gets special status."
Presently, YSRCP has eight seats in the Lok Sabha will TRS has 11 in the lower house of the parliament. In the past, Jagan Reddy has spoken about the possibility of having an alliance with any party which intends to provide special status to AP.