All Eyes Set On KCR-Didi Meet in Kolkata


Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr. Uttam Kumar Reddy said the Chief Minister's visit to Kolkata to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee was "political gimmick" aimed at escaping the wrath of people.

In a joint press conference after the two-hour meeting at Nabanna, the state secretariat, Rao in an unambiguous term said that he would want the unity of non-BJP and non-Congress parties and that the front would be different than the routine. "We will talk to all like-minded parties to create an alternative against the Congress and the BJP", he said. "So, Rahulji can express his views and we can express ours". He brushed aside a question on whether the Federal Front would be willing to take the support of the Congress in the event of that party offering it during the 2019 elections.

"KCR is seriously suffering from trust deficit with other regional parties in India". There will be no issue of leadership in the federal front.

"Both Congress and BJP have really not worked well and there is need for an alternative agenda for development and political force", he said. "India needs some miracle, it needs to re-invent, re-orient politics and today's meeting is just the beginning towards that", said Rao. He felt that it is not good for the country if a single party rules the nation.

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president met Banerjee in her office here. Will it do any wonders if BJP goes out and Congress comes in? "This country needs a chamatkar", said KCR to the media in the presence of Banerjee after the meeting. "Every political party has its regional strength, has its national strength, and everyone should respect each other", she said.

Mr. Khuntia wanted Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao to clarify his stand on whether the was against or in support of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.

BJP ally Shiv Sena has said that they have not decided about it yet.