However, another leader of the TRS, Jithendra, said to MyNation that these decisions are taken at the top, and he wouldn't like to speculate on the reasons
Hyderabad: Though Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) met Mamata Banerjee and held talks with her, he opted out of the United Opposition rally.
Speaking to MyNation, TDP leader Ram Mohan Rao said that the TDP's presence in the United Front is the reason why KCR did not take part in the United Opposition rally.
"There are only two fronts. One is NDA and the other is non-NDA. There is no question of a third front. Those who do not want NDA at the Centre after 2019 elections are the ones forming this United Front of which TDP is also a part of. Others might be the dark horses and align with NDA after the elections. But there can't be another front," Rao said.
However, TRS leader Jithendra refused to comment on why TRS did not take part in the United Opposition rally and said these decisions are taken by the top leaders of the party.
14 parties including the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Aam Admi Party, Samajwadi Party, and Telugu Desam Party participated in the United Opposition rally led by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Following the massive victory of TRS in Telangana state, chief minister KCR has been propagating the idea of a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre. KCR had earlier said that he does not want to support the Congress in any way. Thus, for him, the United Front will be an amalgamation of parties sans Congress and BJP, the two major national parties.
The chief minister of Telangana had even met Mamata Bannerjee proposing the idea of a 'Federal Front'.
KCR taught Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu's a lesson by making the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) taste a humiliating defeat in Telangana in the recent Assembly election. Rao’s aim was to stop TDP from opening an account in Telangana. And now with the victory, KCR's vision has widened and he wants to rule out TDP from Andhra Pradesh too.
Recently, KCR met YSRCP leader Jaganmohan Reddy and there are speculations that both might share seats during the Lok Sabha elections.
However, speaking about the same to MyNation, Jithendra, TRS leader, said that no decision in this regard has been taken yet. So, there cannot be any speculation about TRS joining hands with YSRCP or any other party.
Both Mamata Banerjee and Chandrashekar Rao are said to be vying for the position of the Prime Minister. For that matter, even Chandrababu Naidu, who played an important role when Janata Dal-led United Front came to power in 1996, might be interested in the post of PM.
But TRS leader Jithendra is of the opinion that KCR surely can be seen as the PM candidate. "Why not, definitely," he said.
However, TDP leader Rao is of the opinion that only 130 crore people can decide who will be the next Prime Minister.
"All parties in the United Opposition have decided that this question will be dealt with only after the elections. No decision will be taken in this regard before the elections. The main agenda for many parties coming under the non-NDA front is to defeat NDA," clarified Rao.
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Last Updated Jan 20, 2019, 8:48 PM IST