K Chandrasekhar Rao ‘open to Congress outside support’ to form government, but won’t give Rahul Gandhi driver’s seat
New Delhi: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, on Tuesday, said a “Federal Front” of regional parties suggested by its leader and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is open to take support from the Congress to form a government at the Centre – as long as they don’t ask for leadership position in the coalition.
Interestingly, Rao has been carrying his idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties since last year. TRS spokesman Abid Rasool Khan said that his party is interested to do business with Rahul Gandhi-led party is seen as significant as it comes just ahead of the Lok Sabha election results, which will be declared on May 23.
Abid Rasool Khan told news agency PTI that “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.” He further added that if the front falls short of numbers to form the government then they might think about taking support of the grand old party.
He further 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 front. The prime-ministerial candidate will be a consensus candidate from among the constituents (of the Federal Front),” Khan said. “We are open to talk to them (Congress), and see whether they support us to form government. If they do, regional parties are not averse as long as they (Congress) don’t come into the driver’s seat.”
Khan further asserted that the proposed Federal Front is not going to align in any way with the BJP. “We are averse to the BJP. We do not want to have anything with the BJP, neither to support them or take their support. Most of the constituents speaking with KCR are also of the same opinion that they will not have any truck with the BJP,” he claimed.
It may be noteworthy that KCR had been trying to meet and club a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance during the election. Earlier this month, he met Kerala’s CPM chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and later tried to woo DMK leader MK Stalin to moot the idea of a “Federal Front”, which will not have either the BJP or the Congress.
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