Third front in offing? Telangana CM meets Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata


Hyderabad: Amid talks of a third front ahead of 2019 elections, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday.
The Telangana CM has been leading the charge to form a third front- a broad alliance of non-BJP and non-Congress parties – to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 general elections.
K Chandrashekhar Rao-Mamata Banerjee meet today, third front idea gains ground
Rao fled to Kolkata today to meet and discuss with Banerjee the prospects of a third front.
He had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country, as he called for a “qualitative change” in politics and had also announced that he was ready to take on the mantle of leading a political front.
On March 4, Banerjee spoke to Rao over phone and conveyed her complete support on his statement that he was keen to participate in national politics to bring about “qualitative changes” in governance.
“Ham aap se ek-mat hain. Aap ke saath rahenge” (I am in agreement with you. I will work with you),” Banerjee had told Rao.
Alleging that successive governments ruled by both the Congress and BJP at the Centre have miserably failed to ensure development of the country, Rao had earlier said he would talk with all like-minded parties and leaders for creating an agenda for the country’s growth.