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Third front talks: Chandrashekhar Rao to meet Mamata Banerjee on Monday

20 March 2018

He said that Monday's meeting between Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at state administrative headquarters Nabanna to build efforts for formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP third front before 2019 Lok Sabha elections is nothing but an eye wash. Meanwhile he also said he will soon meet all the regional party leaders and bureaucrats across the country to gather support for the "Third Front".

However, the visit to Kolkata by the pink party leader is being termed as a "stunt" by rival parties, the Congress and the BJP, back home. Sources in the Telangana Chief Minister's Office had said last night that Rao would meet and hold discussions with Mamata Banerjee on March 19 in the backdrop of him calling for a qualitative change in politics.

"This won't be a mere alliance of a few political parties, the coalition will be for the people", Rao said. "The country needs a sensation and revolution, this country needs to change, reinvent and for that, we had a talk regarding that". The Front included the Left parties, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

PCC chief, Adhir Chowdhury said on Monday that coaltions like Third Front or Federal Front have been tried and tested in national politics and have been found wanting.

"You are thinking in the routine political model".

He said - "Our agenda is development and it's for the people of the country".

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Recently, Rao had made a strong pitch for formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative at the Centre.

Post by-polls defeats of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, fueling the speculations about the possible collective Opposition. Today is just a beginning. "We had very good discussions".

Echoing KCR's thoughts, Mamata said, "It is a good beginning". "Whatever we have discussed is aimed towards [the] development of the country". Rest of the things will be made clear when other leaders sit together, discuss and come to a consensus.

"Politics, like government administration, is a continuous process". Let others also to talk to each other. We want the federal front to be strong. "We are not in a hurry and are approaching others also".

Sometimes, politics throws at you situations where you have to come together to work with different people. We have good relation with all political parties.

Third front talks: Chandrashekhar Rao to meet Mamata Banerjee on Monday