April 24, 2019
Chennai : Now that elections in South India for the Lok Sabha are over, Telangana Chief Minister and TRS supremo, K Chandrashekhara Rao, has begun moves to get the leaders of regional political parties together to form a grouping that can do effective collective bargaining at the time of government formation.
TRS party sources indicated that the chief minister was of the view that neither the Congress nor the BJP would get majority on their own and there was a possibility to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the centre in the form of a federal front.
Even if it cannot form a government, then such a grouping with sizeable chunk of MPs can do effective bargaining and it would be in the interests of the regional parties led governments in their respective states.
KCR is expected to visit Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Orissa in this connection. In Tamil Nadu, he is seeking time to meet up with DMK chief MK Stalin and in Andhra, he is meeting YS Jaganmohan Reddy. He is also trying to meet Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik to revive his efforts to form a federal front.
According to TRS party sources, the Congress and the BJP together would not be in a position to form a government. They both together cannot cross 250 seats together is the estimated of the Telangana Chief Minister as per his party leaders. Which is why, he is trying to meet up regional party leaders in states where elections have already been completed.
In Kerala and Karnataka polling for 48 Lok Sabha seats was completed on Tuesday. With this polling for all the 120 seats in South India is complete and its regional leaders are free and can have a head start in making post-poll moves.
It is being estimated that KCR and his party will do exceedingly well in Telangana and Jahgan Mohan Reddy is expected to win majority of seats in Andhra Pradesh. Likewise, in Tamil Nadu, DMK is understood to be in a winning position along with its ally, the Congress.
It remains to be seen if DMK entertains any move that would be seen as opposing its alliance partner, the Congress.