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KCR, Mamata coin idea of 'Federal Front' to check BJP

June 23 2018, 04:38 | Irvin Gilbert

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was among the first to call K Chandrashekhar Rao and extend support to his ‘third front’ idea

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was among the first to call K Chandrashekhar Rao and extend support to his ‘third front’ idea

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has officially started the initial talks for formation of "Federal Front" (Third Front) in the country.

Accordingly KCR's Third Front idea was backed by Mamta Banarjee, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Former Jharkhand CM Hemanth Soren and Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan.

"We discussed about how government schemes can be delivered in a better manner".

According to Rao, the coalition will be a collective and federal leadership. This will be a group of like-minded leaders. There will be no issue of leadership in the federal front. Rest of the things we will make it clear when other leaders sit together and discuss to come to a consensus. Sources in the Telangana Chief Minister's Office had said last night that Rao would meet and hold discussions with Mamata Banerjee on March 19 in the backdrop of him calling for a qualitative change in politics.

Banerjee, who is one of the strong proponents of a united Opposition at the Centre, had extended her support to Rao over telephonic conversation. "We will have collective leadership", he said. You will come to know the full details in future because we only two can not decide the whole thing. There are other leaders, friends and like-minded people.

Talking to the media, Mamata said, "It is a good beginning". Our front will be a bigger front. The agenda we are proposing is different from the routine political model.

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He said - "Our agenda is development and it's for the people of the country".

Rao is openly averse to the Congress - the two are in a direct contest in Telangana - but Mamata has been known to do business with the 132-year-old party. As per CM KCR, she was the first person in the country to extend her support for the initiative.

In response to a question on whether the proposed front is rejecting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the Trinamul chief said: "I have not, do not put words into my mouth". Previously KCR gave a voice to all regional parties by clearly sending the signals of anti-Congress and anti-BJP front. Will it bring a miracle?

Mamata Banerjee termed the meeting as a "good beginning" and said discussions held were aimed at the development of the nation. "Something great needs to be done". People are thinking before 2019 there will be another front.

The CPI-M on Monday ridiculed Trinamul Congress chief's "so called" attempt to forge of third front with the help of some regional parties and charged that she is actually working to scuttle the nationwide move to form an alliance against the BJP.

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