KCR MEETS PINARAYI: Discussions centered on reviving Federal Front

TVM: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s meeting with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan here a day ago has led to speculations that the non-BJP, non-Congress parties are keen on exploring possibilities about forming government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha poll results are announced on May 23. KCR called on Vijayan while on a southern sojourn with his family, but the two discussed possibilities of government formation in Delhi. 

KCR is among the few regional party leaders who have not allied with either the NDA or the UPA, and charts an independent course. He had, months ago, went to Bhubaneswar to meet chief minister Naveen Patnaik, to explore a third front possibility. He had also met, in Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banejree, who somehow wants to be the next PM. However, these meetings did not help take matters forward. Patnaik also charts a course independent from the UPA and the NDA.

KCR’s discussions with Pinarayi Vijayan is important in the context of the assessments that the CPIM will not get seats from Tripura and West Bengal this time. What it might get is from Kerala, and hence CM Vijayan gains more importance than the CPIM central leadership led by Sitraram Yechury. 

KCR heads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and leads the state government. Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats, and the TRS is well-placed to sweep the polls as no other party holds any prominence in the state. This is unlike Andhra Pradesh, where chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is heading the ruling Telugu Desam, which had broken away from the NDA and is associating with the UPA in the past about two years. He is facing strong resistance from the YSRC and a political outfit of Pavan Kalyan, namely the Jana Sena supported by sections of backward communities.

Neither the BJP nor the Congress believes it would get a majority in this polls. Even the NDA and the UPA, as alliances, might not get the sufficient numbers to form a government. Yet, chances are that the BJP and PM Modi might somehow manage to retain power through horse-trading after the polls. Other possibilities are not ruled out, either, though a stable government after this polls is unlikely.

KCR and family later headed for Kanyakumari for a day’s vacationing. While in TVM, the CM and his entourage visited the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. IHN-NN

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