KCR Doesn’t Want To Share Dais With the Congress So He Will Miss January 19 Rally

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New Delhi: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) will in all likelihood not attend the January 19, 2019 rally of opposition parties proposed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata as he does not want to share stage with the Congress.

KCR, as he is popularly known, had recently met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as part of his renewed efforts towards forging a ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ federal front of regional parties.

While the Telangana chief minister spoke to media after their meeting in Kolkata on December 24 last, Mamata, reportedly not in favour of excluding the Congress in the proposed grand opposition alliance, did not offer any comment.

Asked if KCR would attend the Kolkata rally, TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha, B Vinod Kumar said, “I do not know whether KCR got the invitation or not. I am not aware of it. He might have got the invitation. I do not think KCR will attend when Rahul Gandhi is attending.” For the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Congress is the main opposition in Telangana and KCR had last year described its president Rahul Gandhi as the “biggest baffoon” in the country.

The TRS returned to power last month, winning 88 seats in the 119-member Telangana Assembly, pushing the Congress to a distant second position with 19 seats. The BJP won in only one segment.

KCR had also recently met Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJP) chief Naveen Patnaik seeking to drum up support for the federal front.

Patnaik’s statement on Wednesday that his party would not align with the Congress and BJP has enthused the TRS.

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