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KCR Meets Stalin In Chennai, Fuels Speculation On Federal Front For 2024 General Elections

Rao with his ambition to defeat BJP in the coming elections is trying to forge an alliance with different regional parties in the country. However, with his move to gather different parties against BJP, it is clearly visible that Rao is trying to keep Congress out of the possible alliance, he is trying to create.

New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s meeting with his Tamil Nadu counterpart MK Stalin on Tuesday has sparked speculation that the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader is trying to unite all the non-BJP regional political parties ahead of the next general elections.

However, while Rao called the meeting a ‘courtesy call’ as the Telangana Chief Minister, along with his family members, was on a visit to Chennai’s Sriranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam for the annual Vaikunta Ekadasi festival, reports suggest that the two Chief Ministers could be planning to fight the 2024 elections together against the BJP. Therefore, the meeting is being considered as a step towards forming a possible coalition government after the elections.

Responding to talks around the formation of an alliance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, TRS leader and former Lok Sabha MP Boora Narsaiah Goud told India Ahead Editor-in-chief Bhupendra Chaubey, “An alliance formed merely for political gains won’t last long, but one based on people’s agenda might work.”

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Rao could be trying to form a non-Congress with DMK’s support for the next elections in the country. However, it is important to note that Rao, in 2019, also acquired an anti-BJP stand and wanted to form an alliance with DMK, but Stalin didn’t respond well as he already formed an alliance with the Congress, claiming Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the alliance.  

Speaking to India Ahead on the possibilities of a third front, senior journalist Narayanan Lakshman, said that KCR lacks the stature nationally to have the ambition to forge a third front or anti-BJP front. “This seems more like posturing to show that he can find like-minded allies who are against BJP to join him in his dissent,” he said.

Rao with his ambition to defeat BJP in the coming elections is trying to forge an alliance with different regional parties in the country. However, with his move to gather different parties against BJP, it is clearly visible that Rao is trying to keep Congress out of the possible alliance, he is trying to create.

Meanwhile, lawyer C Rajashekaran, former member of Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), pointed out that Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are very strongly anti-BJP. “MK Stalin won the elections on the one-point agenda of anti-RSS, anti-BJP stand. This comes across as a message that South India is not going to help BJP combine in anyway,” he said.