KCR keeps options open

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Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is mulling various options that could be adopted after May 23 when the Lok Sabha poll results would be announced.

As there have not been many takers for his Federal Front, an alternative to the Congress and BJP at the Centre, KCR is said to weighing various options before him.

Speculations are rife in the political circles that the TRS is keeping its options open to make its political presence at the national level and to safeguard interests of Telangana.

Sources say that the party depending upon the situation after May 23 poll results would take a final call on whether to support either the Congress or BJP in forming the government at the Centre.

The pink party is certain that the verdict at the Centre this time would be a fractured one.

KCR, in fact, wanted to bring all regional parties under the umbrella of the Federal Front. But since it did not take a concrete shape, he is now said to be mulling other options.

The party would decide on whom to support depending upon the situation at the Centre. If the NDA is close to number game, then the TRS, BJD and YSRCP would be inclined to support the BJP-led government after extracting certain assurances for the state.

TRS leaders said that KCR was doing his best to stitch an alliance of all the regional political forces. A senior leader who did not want to be named told The Hans India that KCR had maintained neutral stand by not joining either the BJP-led NDA government or the Congress-led UPA between 20014 and 2019.

This time, the indications are that no party at the Centre would be in a position to form the government on its own and hence KCR is mulling to join the Centre as an active political partner.

It is said that the TRS and Congress leaders were in touch with each other.

KCR will also not hesitate to support the BJP if the saffron party was to retain power for the second consecutive term.

The TRS chief has been maintaining cordial relations with BJP leaders at the Centre.

Some BJP leaders who fear that they may fall short of some seats are said to be keeping the channel for talks open with the TRS.

They say that KCR is in dire need of central assistance in completing various projects mainly irrigation and drinking water schemes. He is expecting more funds from the Centre.
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