May 13, 2019
Chennai : Regional players are getting active for post-poll jockeying for a piece of action during government formation. With some sections of the political players anticipating a hung parliament, regional players are toying with the idea of forming a pressure group for ‘collective bargaining’ at the time of government formation.
As part of this exercise, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao on Monday evening called on DMK President M.K. Stalin in Chennai. He has been trying to get the non-Congress and non-BJP political parties to form a Federal front.
KCR called on Stalin and met him in what was being described as a courtesy call. The two leaders spent an hour together. Rao, however, chose not to meet the waiting contingent of media.
The DMK supremo had already called for making Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister and KCR is pitching for a national role for himself.
Stalin is understood to have stuck to his position and is firmly of the view that Rahul Gandhi was the PM candidate as far as he is concerned. Senior DMK leader TR Baalu was also present at the meeting.
The Telangana CM had earlier on May 6 called on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and has also spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy.
Sources in DMK hinted that Stalin would not be a party to any arrangement of a third front as previous experiences were not so good.
There is speculation though that KCR was also trying to warm his way into the Congress fold, just in case.