KCR meets Thackeray, Pawar; talks a third front

In Mumbai, Telangana CM says nation not progressing right direction, change is needed

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | February 21, 2022 | Mumbai


#Mamata Banerjee   #Congress   #Sharad Pawar   #NCP   #K. Chandrasekar Rao   #TRS   #Telangana Rashtra Samithi   #Uddhav Thackeray   #Shiv Sena   #politics   #Maharastra   #Mumbai   #DMK   #Third Front  
Telangana CM K. Chandrasekar Rao met his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray at the latter`s official residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai Sunday
Telangana CM K. Chandrasekar Rao met his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray at the latter`s official residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai Sunday

Ahead of the 2024 parliamentary elections, to form a strong third front of regional parties against the ruling BJP at the centre, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekar Rao visited Mumbai and met Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray as well as NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

After Thackeray extended support to Chandrasekar Rao last week, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president called on him at his official residence ‘Varsha’ here Sunday. Later he also met MVA coalition partner Pawar at his residence ‘Silver Oak’.

KCR told the media that his two-hour meeting with Thackeray was an elaborate discussion on improving and accelerating developmental issues and bringing structural and policy changes in the country.

“The good result of our meeting will soon be seen. The country today needs the inspiration of Marathi warriors like Chhattrapati  Shivaji and (Shiv Sena Founder) Bal Thackeray. I invite Uddhav-ji to come to Telangana,” he said.

Calling Thackeray his ‘brother’, KCR said he looks forward to working together with Maharashtra. “Our states share 1,000 km of the border. With the cooperation of the Maharashtra government, we built the Kaleshwaram project which has benefited Telangana.

“Whenever two politicians meet, politics is bound to feature in the discussion. The manner in which the country is being run a change is needed,” he said, adding that both he and the Maharashtra CM will consult with other regional and national leaders.

The Telangana CM said that all like-minded opposition leaders could meet in Hyderabad or some other city in the coming days to decide on a future course of action.

Accusing the centre of misusing central agencies, KCR said, “The manner in which the centre is abusing central agencies is highly condemnable….it must change its behaviour. The central government should change their policy; they will suffer if they don't. The country has seen many such things.”

Without taking names, Thackeray also attacked the BJP and said, “Hindutva doesn't teach wrong politics. Some people solely work for their agendas even if (the) country goes to hell.”

A statement issued by the Maharashtra chief minister's secretariat said that various schemes and projects in the field of industry and infrastructure in both the states were also discussed. Inter-state cooperation in irrigation projects like Babhli dam, Tummidi Hatti, Medigadda barrage and Chanaka-Korata barrage and various provisions were also discussed in detail.

KCR was accompanied by TRS leaders, including his daughter and MLC Kavitha Kalvakuntla and actor Prakash Raj. Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut and Arvind Sawant were also present in the meeting.

Later, after a 90-minute meeting between Pawar and KCR, the NCP supremo said discussions were held on problems of poverty and farmers issues that India is facing at present. “The meeting was focussed less on political discussion and more on development. Telangana has made a lot of efforts for the upliftment of farmers and has shown the nation the way. More such meetings will be held with KCR,” said Pawar.

KCR added, “The nation isn’t progressing in the right fashion and we need to have fresh resolve and carry all like-minded parties ahead and discuss. We will try and take out a new way and then present an agenda in front of the people.”

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole could not meet KCR on Sunday as he was stuck with engagements in Bhandara.

"I appreciate his (KCR's) efforts and protests against the central government. But this front cannot be complete without the Congress. The front can only take this fight ahead while taking Congress along,” he said.

KCR's tussle with the BJP, and efforts to join the regional parties, follows that of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, who registered a landslide victory in the eastern state and shattered the BJP’s dream to form a government in West Bengal, has been urging cooperation among opposition parties to dethrone the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. She had also come to Mumbai last year to meet Pawar. KCR has already received support for the third front from Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK chief MK Stalin, and is expected to reach out to Mamata as well.

In his post-budget address, KCR blasted the Modi government and also blamed the Congress for failing people of India saying it is time to oust the BJP from country and he will set the ball rolling for a third front. Last week Thackeray had extended invitation to KCR to visit Mumbai.

In South, JDS leader and former prime minister, HD Deve Gowda has already extended support to KCR. Tamil Nadu chief minister, MK Stalin has also said all chief ministers of non-NDA-ruled states would hold a convention in Delhi soon.

 

Comments

 

Other News

Jal Jeevan Mission: 6.70 crore households provided with tap water connections

Since August 2019, Government of India, in partnership with States, is implementing Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to make provision of potable tap water supply every rural household by 2024. As many as 6.70 crore households have been provided with tap water connections in the 35 months, since Aug

Cloud inclusivity: Ensuring highly regulated organisations are ready for a cloud-first world

Over the last few years, cloud has been able to create a special place for itself amongst fast moving, competitive and growth-led organisations. As the technology became an imperative, it has undoubtedly created unique business opportunities and isbecoming an anchor for innovation for leading businesses gl

1.29 crore voters chose NOTA in five years

None-of-the-above, or NOTA – the option introduced for voters in 2013 when they don’t want to support any of the candidate – has made some progress. In the past five years, NOTA has secured 1,29,77,627 votes in state assembly elections and Lok Sabha election, according to an analysis by t

India committs to reduce Emissions Intensity of GDP by 45% by 2030

India stands committed to reduce Emissions Intensity of its GDP by 45 percent from the 2005 level by 2030 and achieve about 50 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. The country’s India’s updated Nationally Determined Contributi

5G spectrum auction grosses Rs. 1,50,173 crore

The government had put 72,098 MHz spectrum to auction, of which 51,236 MHz (71% of the total) has been sold with bid amounting to Rs. 1,50,173 crore. Adani Data Networks Ltd has obtained 400 MHz spectrum in mm wave band (26 GHz). Bharti Airtel Ltd has obtained 19,867.8 MHz in 900, 1800, 2100

Delhi has been getting hotter since 2020

A steep rise has been recorded over the past three years in pre-monsoon surface air temperature, land surface temperature and relative humidity in Delhi/NCR, whereas there is no such increase in relative humidity. This is a cause of concern, Dr Jitendra Singh, minister of state (independent

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter