Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said that even though he was seeking to play a role in national politics by attempting to float a 'third front', he will not forget his home state.
Citing the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who toured the country before the 2014 elections, KCR told his party members present at the TRS Legislature Party meeting at Telangana Bhavan that he too, would do the same.
“I will play active role in Telangana even after the 2019 elections. Not one but I have constituted three surveys on the poll results and our party will sail through comfortably to regain power. All of you will be given tickets in the 2019 elections and I will ensure that you win the elections too," KCR was quoted as saying.
KCR also reportedly warned ministers, MLAs and MLCs from the TRS, and asked them not to do anything controversial, as the entire country may be watching them once he entered national politics.
Last week, 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.
Rao's idea of a front to provide an alternative to both the BJP and Congress, 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.
The TRS leader claimed that six to seven MPs from Maharashtra also telephoned him to convey their support.
Stating that both the BJP and Congress failed the people, he said 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.