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'No Chance of Federal Front': Stalin Snubs KCR, Terms Visit 'Courtesy Call'

'No Chance of Federal Front': Stalin Snubs KCR, Terms Visit 'Courtesy Call'
A day after his meeting with Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekar Rao over forging a third front, DMK chief MK Stalin said there was no chance of a “non-BJP, non-Congress” front post Lok Sabha polls but a decision could be taken only after counting day on May 23.

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 said.

Rao, who had days ago called on his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, exuded confidence in the deliberations that regional parties would emerge as a powerful force with a significant number of seats and neither the Congress, nor the BJP would have adequate numbers to form a government.

In such an eventuality, the TRS chief told the DMK president that a government could be propped up by the regional parties with the support of "national parties," a reference perceived to include the Left parties as well.

Possible "post poll scenarios" that may merge and how a federal front could help regional parties and "southern States," were put forth by Rao, sources added.

To this,the DMK side, which was also represented by senior leaders Duraimurugan and T R Baalu, felt the situation was conducive only for a Congress-led government at the Centre. Also, the Dravidian party pointed out that toying with the idea for a regime steered by regional outfits at the Centre may not work in view of divergent state specific positions of some parties.

The TRS is opposed to both Congress and Telugu Desam Party in Telangana. While Rao did not meet waiting reporters, DMK said the meeting was only a "courtesy," call. Rao had in April 2018 called on Stalin and then DMK chief M Karunanidhi here.

Earlier in the day, he offered prayers at the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli. On May 10 he visited the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram after going to Kanyakumari.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri downplayed the meeting between the two leaders and asked journalists "why accord importance to the meeting...in India a third front is not possible and not practicable; state parties from Kashmir to Kanyakumari know this very well."

BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan wondered what was Stalin's "hesitation" in his meeting with Rao to assert that he only supported Rahul Gandhi.