Hyderabad (Telangana): Does the ‘Third Front’ idea mooted by Telangana Chief Minister and the president of ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) party K.Chandrasekhar Rao have no takers?
The answer to this question seems to be a big ‘Yes’ as none of the regional political parties of the country are openly supporting it despite the concerted efforts made by the Telangana CM. Hours after retaining power in the state for the second consecutive term with a thumping majority, KCR announced that he would play an active role at the national politics in his second term in office and undertake a nation wide tour to form a Non-Congress and Non-BJP alliance called Third Front.
Keeping his word, the CM launched his nation wide tour on December 23, 2018. He went straight in his hired plane to Odisha and called on his counterpart from the state Naveen Patnaik at Bhubneswar. Both KCR and Patnaik held discussions on the formation of the third front. However, the Odisha Chief Minister did not give any concrete assurance to KCR to extend his complete support to the concept of the third front and be a part of it ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
This glaring fact was evident from the joint press conference held by the two leaders after their meeting. While the Telangana CM KCR repeatedly made the mention of the third front.
The Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik did not even make its mention in his address to the media. He confined himself to state that he had held discussions with his counterpart from Telangana about the issues of national importance.
Patnaik appeared to highlight the other aspects of his meeting with KCR like extension of support to provision of 33 percent reservations to women of the country in all state legislatures of the country and Parliament and KCR’s visit to Odisha based Puri Jagannath temple to thank the presiding deity for his overwhelming and historic electoral victory in the recent assembly elections. A non-committal statement by the Odisha CM has forced KCR to state that it was just the beginning of their discussions on his proposed idea of the third front.
The Telangana CM then went on to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Benarjee at Kolkata. He was accorded a grand welcome by Mamata. The two leaders have also held a meeting and discussed on various issues. All thought that both leaders would address the press jointly. But, surprising all, only KCR addressed the joint press conference while West Bengal CM Mamata did not address the media although she stood beside KCR while he was addressing the press conference.
Although, the Telangana CM has been claiming that he has undertaken a mission to form the third front and would continue to make his efforts till he achieved his goal, political analysts beg to differ with the TRS president.
“The third front mooted by CM KCR will never be reality. The reason for this is that there is hardly any possibility to form a Non-Congress and Non-BJP government at the center after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. What KCR is doing nothing but a mind game. His goal seems to become a national level leader with his third front idea and nothing else. He has already become a larger than life figure in Telangana after his grand victory in the recent assembly elections. He now wants to win majority number of MP seats in the state and play an important role at the national level,” Veshala Dhanunjaya, a political analyst and social activist told this correspondent.
The Telangana CM has now landed in national capital New Delhi. He is expected to meet Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh, BSP president Mayavati and other regional party leaders.