After 70 years, we need a miracle: KCR, Mamata give shape to non-BJP, non-Congress Federal Front
The anti-Modi Third Front seems to be taking shape with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao flying to Kolkata to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee today.
Both the leaders said that they believe in a strong "federal front" that will offer a non-BJP, non-Congress alternative to the people of the country.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief KCR said that what the country today needs is a "miracle" (chamatkaar) and a "revolution" after more than 70 years of rule by the Congress and the BJP governments.
While both KCR and Mamata Banerjee said that talks are on with other parties, they maintained that they are in "no hurry". Calling today's meeting a beginning, KCR said that an "idea is born" and the two leaders plan to build "real, federal front".
"I think politics is a continuous process, whatever we have discussed is aimed at development of the country," Mamata Banerjee said.
KCR said that the alliance will be "for the people" as there is a need for an "alternate force".
Asked if Congress wants to give the "federal front" outside support, KCR said, "You are thinking in the routine political model. The agenda we are proposing is different".
The meeting between the two regional satraps comes barely weeks after Telangana Chief Minister KCR made the first announcement on a Third Front likely to take on the BJP and the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was one of the first to dial KCR and tell him that she would support him.
The bonhomie between the two leaders was for everyone to see as Mamata Banerjee greeted KCR at the entrance of the West Bengal Secretariat, a gesture she reserves for a select few.
KCR was received at the airport by state technical education minister Purnendu Basu. KCR's delegation included his daughter K Kavitha and TRS MP K Keshava Rao.
In terms of strength in Lok Sabha, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has 34 MPs while KCR's Telangana Rashtra Samithi has 11 MPs.
While KCR has said that he is ready to lead a possible third front in 2019, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has often positioned herself as one who can take on Narendra Modi in 2019.
Mamata, who skipped Sonia Gandhi's recent dinner, is likely to attend a meeting of Opposition leaders at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence end of this month.
With Congress also talking about forging a united front in 2019, it remains to be seen how the proposed fronts align themselves to take on Modi.