K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR,) the Chief Minister of Telangana, on the 13th of May, met M.K. Stalin, the President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu.
The meeting is said to be a part of KCR’s third front idea, which he initiated after the Telangana Lok Sabha elections, which took place on the 11th of April.
The third front is an initiative taken by KCR, the President of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS,) to form a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) free nation.
Initially, the meeting was scheduled to happen on the 12th of May, however, due to Stalin’s campaign schedule, the meeting was postponed.
Mr. Rao is expected to discuss the federal front idea with Stalin and form an alliance in the Southern states against the BJP and the INC.
KCR met Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister (CM) of West Bengal, for the same purpose. He also met Naveen Patnaik, the CM of Odisha, Mayawati Das and Akhilesh Yadav, the President of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) respectively.
Mr. Rao also visited Kerala and met Pinarayi Vijayan, the CM of Kerala, to discuss the same.
According to Rao, the small political parties across India can make a strong government against the two powerful national parties, the BJP and the INC.
However, the meeting with Stalin is said to be fruitless as Stalin believes the stability of a newly formed government with multiple parties across India can be a major issue in the future.
A leader of the DMK, who wished to remain anonymous, also said, “It was Stalin who had proposed Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s name for the Prime Minister’s post and continues to stick to that. On the other hand, Rao is trying to promote a non BJP, non Congress front.”
During several conferences and rallies, Stalin expressed himself and said, he sees Rahul Gandhi, the President of the INC, as the best candidate fit for the post of Prime Minister.
The DMK and the INC formed an alliance to contest the Lok Sabha elections against the BJP.
The BJP and the INC are contesting the Lok Sabha elections to form the next Government of India.
The Lok Sabha elections started from the 11th of April and will continue till the 19th of May.
The Lok Sabha elections are divided into 7 phases, scheduled on the 11th of April, 18th of April, 23rd of April, 29th of April 6th of May, 12th of May and the 19th of May.
Out of the 7 phases, India contested a total of 428 seats in 6 phases.
The polling for the remaining 55 Parliamentary seats will be held in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, on the 19th of May.
The results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced on the 23rd of May 2019.
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