KCR Meets Stalin For Over An Hour For Federal After The Lok Sabha Election; Stalin Says Courtesy Call

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New Delhi: With the last phase for the formation of 17th Lok Sabha remaining to be voted activities for government formation started. DMK chief MK Stalin hosted Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao for an hour but described the meeting as only a courtesy call even though Rao is on a mission to revive his Federal Front.

“It is a courtesy call,” was all that Stalin said in a statement about the more than an hour-long discussion with KCR, as Rao is known. A DMK member, however, said that the party has made it clear to the Telangana CM that it was in firm in its alliance with the Congress and steadfastly opposed to the BJP.

“No commitment has been given to KCR on the Federal Front. The discussion revolved around the possible outcome of the Lok Sabha polls and the DMK has clearly explained its position,” added the DMK member who did want to be identified.

The meeting took place at the DMK president’s Alwarpet residence in the city in the evening. It was the same venue when KCR was hosted for dinner in April 2018, months before the demise of the DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

The DMK is now firmly in alliance with the Congress and Stalin was the first to endorse Rahul Gandhi for Prime Ministership even as other regional parties are still very guarded about this.

Stalin presented KCR with a statuette of his father, the late M Karunanidhi as a memento. During the discussion, Stalin was accompanied by senior party colleagues, Duraimurugan, DMK treasurer, and TR Baalu, former Union Minister. KCR too was accompanied by his close aides.

Earlier in the day, KCR and his entourage visited the famed Sri Rangam temple, foremost among the 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams, near Trichy.

Monday’s meeting came up after the DMK gave up its initial hesitation of offending its ally, the Congress. Until last week, there was no certainty about the meeting since the DMK had not confirmed the date citing Stalin’s preoccupations with the campaign for the crucial bypolls for four assembly seats. The bypolls are slated for May 19, the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

It has now emerged that the Congress itself has reached out to the TRS and the YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy.

However, while the Congress has dismissed the possibility of a Third Front, the AIADMK and the BJP have questioned the rationale of the DMK entertaining KCR, even while remaining in alliance with the Congress.

TNCC President KS Alagiri discounted the prospect of a Third Front.

“There is no possibility for the Third Front given the present political situation in the country. The very idea has no political currency and validity,” he told the media.

 

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