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CHENNAI: DMK chief MK Stalin today said that he “doesn’t see a chance” for a Third Front – a non-BJP, non-Congress arrangement at the centre – after the national elections, a day after meeting Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Mr Stalin also said that alliances weren’t discussed at the meeting which he described as a “courtesy call” amid reports that it was part of the Telangana Chief Minister’s push to rally regional parties and to explore options in case of a split verdict.”It doesn’t seem to me that there is a chance for that (Third Front)… However, that will be decided only after counting on May 23,” the DMK chief said at the Chennai airport today.
“He (KCR) 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.The DMK chief has maintained that he is committed to the alliance with the Congress and has twice suggested the name of Rahul Gandhi for the post of prime minister.
“Our leader was firm Rahul Gandhi who he proposed to be the PM candidate has to become the Prime Minister. He impressed upon Mr KCR to strengthen the UPA,” DMK Spokesperson A Saravanan had told after yesterday’s meeting.
KCR, as Mr Rao is dubbed by his party workers, believes that neither the BJP nor the Congress will be in a position to form government at the centre on their own and regional parties will play a critical role and will benefit by choosing to strategically bargain together.
The Telangana Chief Minister has already reached out to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Mamata Banerjee in Bengal. He also has the promise of support from Jaganmohan Reddy, chief of the opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh.
Sources say if Mr Rao can gain support just in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, he can bring to the table a larger chunk of seats than say, Mamata Banerjee, or even Mayawati, who too, harbour national ambitions.