Telengana Chief Minister K R Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met DMK chief M K Stalin to get efforts to forge a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front at the Centre.
Stalin, who avoided him last week when he sought a meeting, told Rao this time around to support Congress president Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister.
After Rao’s meeting with Stalin, DMK spokesperson A Saravanan tweeted : "Our leader @mkstalin persuades Telengana CM KCR to support the congress alliance in a crucial meeting today” .
Stalin was the first to propose Rahul Gandhi as opposition sponsored Prime Minister candidate, though other parties, including the Samaja party,the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Trinamool Congress were averse to the idea.
Rao who came into the picture rather late in the day to queer pitch failed to take off because he was seen as a Trojan Horse sponsored by Prime Minister Modi to drive a wedge in the ranks of the opposition parties which are trying to forge a united front may be after the election.
The only to support him was Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as the left front is neither here nor there at the national scene. Samata Party chief Akilesh Yadav and BSP leader Mayawati also dismissed his idea. The only leader who was receptive his idea was West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, who is Rao’s rival rejected his proposal as impractical. He said it would be either a BJP-led or Congress-led Government at the Centre.
Rao got the same cold reception when he tried to wean Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, knowing full well that his government was propped up by the Congress.