Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K T Rama Rao on Saturday said that the Federal Front; a consortium of regional parties proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, could emerge as the largest coalition after the Lok Sabha polls, the results of which, will be declared on May 23.
Asking people to vote for the TRS on April 11 when the state goes to the polls, KTR said that several regional parties including the Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSRCP chief Jagan, would back the Federal Front.
“People believed Modi and gave him 280 seats in 2014. What has he done for Telangana in five years? Nobody asked for a Ram temple in the country. People want education, jobs, drinking water, healthcare, pensions and farmers want assistance. Modi claims to be a chowkidar when people want a Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi believes he is the 'thekedaar' because is great grandfather, grandmother and father were prime ministers. What people want and need is a leader like KCR," KTR was quoted as saying.
He also said that there was a possibility of KCR occupying a senior post at the Centre.
“The attempt is not to get to that position but who knows? It may happen and why not? The Federal Front would emerge as the alternative to BJP and Congress at the Centre,” KTR added.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off the BJP's campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana by targeting KCR calling him the face of the politics of dynasty and appeasement. Addressing a rally at Bhoothpur in Mahbubnagar district, Modi also slammed the alliance between the TRS and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), saying it can do no good to Telangana.
The TRS has an understanding with the AIMIM and has fielded a weak candidate in Hyderabad, to ensure the victory of sitting Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
Hitting back hours later in a rally, KCR slammed Modi and the BJP for what he called their 'political Hindutva'.
"They are pseudo Hindus. We are real Hindus. We have bhatki. Theirs is a political Hindutva aimed at only garnering votes and targetting other communities," he said.
Reiterating that he wanted to bring a qualitative change in the national politics, KCR predicted that regional parties would form the next government at the Centre.
"The BJP-led NDA will not cross 150 seats and Congress will not get more than 100 seats. After May 23, the regional parties will rule this country," he said.