KCR is gathering support for a national alternative to the Congress and the BJP in the 2019 elections.

Telangana CM KCR to meet Mamata Banerjee on March 19 for Third Front talks
news Politics Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 08:40

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who has called for a national alternative to the Congress and the BJP, is scheduled to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on March 19.

KCR is expected to be rallying support for his plans to establish what has been dubbed a 'third front'.

"In the backdrop of Telangana Chief Minister calling for a qualitative change in politics, he will meet and hold discussions with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on March 19," sources in the Telangana Chief Minister's office (CMO) told PTI.

KCR's idea has already received support from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan.

Earlier this month, citing the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who toured the country before the 2014 elections, KCR told his party members that he too would do the same. 

He also unveiled plans to conduct a series of meetings across the country to prepare a national agenda. KCR is chalking out a programme to hold meetings with organisations, associations and retired bureaucrats.

According to the Chief Minister's Office, he will first meet the retired All India Service Officers like IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS.

These meetings will be organised in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Bangalore.

Stating that both the BJP and Congress failed the people, KCR had said that there was a need for qualitative change in Indian politics.

Calling for amendments to the Constitution to facilitate higher economic growth, he demanded that the Centre should transfer subjects like education, health, urban development, rural roads, reservation to the states.

"I have nothing against Modi or BJP. I am against the slow progress of the country. The slow pace of progress is not digestible," he had earlier said.

"I am 64. If I can help bring the change and serve the country for few years, I will definitely do it," he added.


IANS inputs


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