KCR at the meeting to form a front for the presidential election

Opposition parties will meet several times next week to reach a consensus on fielding a common candidate to challenge the BJP-led Nationalist Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee for the upcoming presidential election in July. Opposition leaders are also trying to influence NDA partner Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Telangana State Association President and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has reached out to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal over the presidential election.

On Saturday, Rao met Kejriwal in Delhi and also visited schools and mahalla clinics with him. Rao also met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Delhi.

Although the most immediate reason for Rao’s meeting with the chief ministers is the promise of Rs 3 lakh each to the 738 farmers who lost their lives protesting against the farm law, he is also expected to discuss the upcoming elections and a non-congressional fraud. Non-BJP front in the presidential election.

Rao will hold a second meeting with Janata Dal (Secular) president and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda in Bangalore on May 26. Earlier, in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, he sought Gowda’s support for a non-BJP counterfeit. The Third Front most recently, in February this year, dialed Gowda Rao and congratulated the BJP and the communal forces for going head to head.

After visiting Gowda, Rao will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 28. Both Rao and Banerjee started the idea of ​​a Federal Front in Kolkata in March 2018, a year before the April-May 2019 parliamentary elections. In January 2019, a United India rally was organized by Banerjee at the Parade Ground in Kolkata. It was attended by all the main opposition parties. However, after four months, there was no formal alliance in the parliamentary elections. According to Rao’s aides, the chief minister will discuss the presidential election and field a common candidate. “There is no question of Congress joining this alliance. We will field a common candidate. If Congress wants, they can support that candidate,” said a senior TRS official, who declined to be named.

After stopping in Kolkata, Rao will meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav in Patna later this month. Rao also opened backchannel talks with BJD president and Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been providing issue-based support to the BJP government at the Center. Rao knows that to make a strong political statement to the opposition through the presidential election, it would require Patnaik’s support.

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