The Telangana Chief Minister, Mr. K Chandrashekar Rao, is visiting Andhra Pradesh as a befitting reply to Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu for coming to Telangana to contest the elections.
Mr. Rao is in Vishakhapatban where he got a warm reception with slogans of KCR zindabad - a new twist in politics of the South, especially since Mr. Naidu is forming a front with the Congress and Mr. Rao has announced a new party to be floated soon without the Congress and the BJP.
Mr. Rao, along with his family members, left Hyderabad in a special aircraft. After landing at Visakhapatnam Airport, they drove to Sharada Peetham. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief and his family members performed special prayers at Rajasyamala Temple and later took the blessings of Swami Swarupanandendra.
Mr. Rao will leave for Bhubaneswar in the evening and call on the Odisha Chief Minister,Mr. Naveen Patnaik.
After a night halt in the Odisha capital, he will visit the Konark and Jagannath temples on Monday and later leave for Kolkata, where he will call on his West Bengal counterpart,Ms. Mamata Banerjee.
After a meeting with Ms. Banerjee, the Telangana Chief Minister will visit Kalimata Temple and then leave for New Delhi, where he will have separate meetings with the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers, Ms. Mayawati and Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.
During his two-three day stay in the capital, he will make a courtesy call on the Prime Minister,Mr. Narendra Modi and will have meetings with some cCntral ministers and discuss state related issues.
Mr. Rao , who led TRS to a landslide victory in Assembly elections in December, has announced that he will focus on national politics to work for cobbling up an alternative to both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.
The TRS chief, who plans to visit various states, has hired the special aircraft for one month.