Open to Cong support but with a rider KCR

first_imgHyderabad: The TRS on Tuesday said a federal front of regional parties proposed by its supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is open to taking support from the Congress to form a government at the Centre, as long as they don’t ask for the driver’s seat.Rao has been pursuing his idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties since last year, and TRS spokesman Abid Rasool Khan’s statement that his party is ready to do business with Rahul Gandhi-led outfit is seen as significant, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results next week. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”KCR (as Rao is popularly known as) is very firm that the federal front should be in the driver’s seat and run the government,” Khan said. In case the front falls short of numbers to form the government, the option of the Congress supporting it from outside would be explored, he said. “But, the government would be of the federal front and Congress will have to extend support from outside. We are very firm that regional parties should be in the driver’s seat. The prime minister’s post should go to one of the constituents of the federal front. The prime ministerial candidate will be a consensus candidate from among the constituents (of the federal front)”, Khan said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenHowever, DMK President MK Stalin on Tuesday said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress “third front” post-Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day. Stalin’s remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, called on the DMK chief here. Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, said Rao had not visited the state for forging alliances. “He did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he told reporters here.last_img

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