KCR chanting 'Third Front' mantra to escape public wrath: Uttam

The seeds of a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front seemed to have been sown Monday at a meeting between Mamata Banerjee and K Chandrasekar Rao - the chief ministers of West Bengal and Telangana, respectively, in Kolkata.

Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao on Sunday alleged that Rao's travel to Kolkata to meet the West Bengal chief minister also "exposes the lies" planted by his office few weeks ago that Mamata Banerjee called him in support of his plan for forming the new front. He had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country. He underscored the need for an "alternative agenda and alternative political force" in the country.

Mamata Banerjee, however, said consultations with many other parties too would begin on the formation of a Federal Front.

Talking to the media, Mamata said, "It is a good beginning".

K Chandrashekhar Rao said the third front will be the front will be for the people of India.

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"I think politics is a continuous process", Banerjee said after the meeting, according to ANI. It will be the people's agenda. He said Banerjee and his party chief Sharad Pawar found a need for an immediate meeting of like-minded political parties to form an alternative platform to counter the BJP at the Centre. "So this kind of third front means that a gang of political opportunist parties are uniting themselves for vested poltical gain", he said.

KCR reasoned that the Congress is already known to the public for their governance and has become synonym for scams and corruptions. He said KCR was afraid of facing people as his government did not nothing for any section of the society during the last four years. Today is the beginning of the federal front, the beginning of the whole thing.

"Today we had a pleasant discussion". Rest of the things will be made clear when other leaders sit together, discuss and come to a consensus. "It is a good beginning that both the states held discussions today".

"We are trying to bring in a real third front for this country". We have to work together. We are not in a hurry.

While Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said on Monday that the National Democratic Alliance government was ready to face the no-confidence motion, the motion could not be taken up for consideration owing to continued disruption in the Parliament for the 11th consecutive working day of the second half of the budget session. In politics it takes time... in the meantime, everybody is free to discuss. We maintain good relationships with all parties.

  • Sonia Alvarado