Jaganmohan Reddy welcomes KCR's efforts to form Federal Front
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Hyderabad, Jan 16 (PTI): YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan
Reddy Wednesday welcomed TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's
efforts to form a non-BJP, non Congress Federal Front, saying
it was necessary for regional parties to unite to highlight
the 'injustice' done to them.
He said this at a joint press conference with Rao's son
and Telangana Rashtriya Samithi working President K T Rama Rao
after initial talks were held between the two parties.
"We welcome the initiative. In order to protect the
rights of the states, there is a necessity to increase the
number (of MPs from regional parties in Parliament) and for
regional parties to unite.
The proposed national platform mooted by KCR, where all
states (regional parties) can come forward with substantial
number of MPs, can highlight the injustice being done to the
For further discussions, KCR will come and meet me at a
later stage. We will discuss at length within our party on how
to take forward this in future," Reddy, the leader of the
opposition in the Andhra Pradesh assembly, said.
Rama Rao confirmed this, saying his father would soon
leave for Andhra Pradesh to hold talks with Jagan Mohan Reddy.
"KCR garu (KCR) earlier visited various states and held
discussions with regional parties and leaders and Chief
Very soon he will visit Andhra Pradesh to meet Jaganmohan
Reddy. He will discuss all the issues with him and move
further," he said.
Rao expressed confidence that like minded forces, who
believe in strengthening regional parties and states, would
On Special category Status for Andhra Pradesh, he said
the promise made by the earlier governments would have been
fulfilled had there been support from more number of MPs.
Reiterating his support for SCS to Andhra Pradesh, Rama
Rao said that his party had time and again demanded that
the Centre confer the status to the neighbouring state.
KCR, as he is popularly known, had met Trinamool Congress
(TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
on January 10 as part of his renewed efforts towards forging a
'non-Congress, non-BJP' federal front of regional parties.
Rao had also met Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata
Dal (BJP) chief Naveen Patnaik and Karnataka Chief Minister H
D Kumaraswamy, seeking to drum up support for the front.
Reacting to the meeting, AICC spokesperson Sravan Dasoju
said the two 'political opportunists' came together to protect
the larger interests of BJP.
"The Federal front is a facade of Narendra Modi. YSRCP is
a party which has opposed tooth and nail the formation of
Telangana. And it is dubious on the part of TRS to say that
YSRCP will be helpful in the development of Telangana or
mutual development," Sravan told PTI.
He alleged that TRS and YSRCP are protecting their mutual
business interests and that of BJP.