KCR meets Stalin in Chennai, important message conveyed

Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao called on DMK president M K Stalin in Chennai on Monday evening, in an apparent bid to rope in DMK into his proposed alternative front.

Continuing his efforts to bring together regional parties, Rao called on Stalin at his residence in Chennai and discussed with him his proposal for a federal front, sources said.

The meeting at Stalin’s home lasted over an hour and it was a courtesy call, DMK said. Rao did not speak to media after the meeting. KCR was told that Stalin was committed to his alliance with the Congress party, DMK said in a statement.

Apart from Stalin, other senior DMK leaders like T.R. Baalu were present at the meeting with Rao. DMK aligned with Congress for the Lok Sabha elections and Stalin had earlier proposed Rahul Gandhi’s name for the Prime Minister’s post and continues to stick to that.

Sources said Rao proposed the Federal Front before Stalin, who reaffirmed his party’s commitment to the Congress-led UPA and recalled that it was the DMK which proposed Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister. They said the DMK President extended an invitation to Rao to support a coalition led by the Congress.

Rao, who had days ago called on his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, exuded confidence in the deliberations that regional parties would emerge as a powerful force with a significant number of seats and neither the Congress, nor the BJP would have adequate numbers to form a government.

In such an eventuality, the TRS chief told the DMK president that a government could be propped up by the regional parties with the support of “national parties,” a reference perceived to include the Left parties as well.