Earlier, Mamata Banerjee extended a warm welcome to Chandrashekhar Rao at the State Secratariat. TRS party also informed that he will be along with TRS Parliamentary Party leader and also secretary general K Keshava Rao, MP from Nizamabad K Kavitha and some other party members. He brushed aside a question on whether the Federal Front would be willing to take the support of the Congress in the event of that party offering it during the 2019 elections.
"You know what has happened in this country for the last 71 years". They said she did not see how the Congress could be left out of such a set-up, especially if it performs well in the Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls this year.
"People are thinking before 2019 there will be another front".
Banerjee, who was present at the joint address, however, remained guarded in her responses.
The two leaders met at Nabanna the State secretariat in Howrah from where KCR kicked off his mission to bring the regional parties together to form a non-BJP, non-Congress Third Front. "There is a need for alternate force", he asserted.
"In the backdrop of Telangana chief minister calling for a qualitative change in politics, he will meet and hold discussions with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on March 19", officials in the Telangana chief minister's office (CMO) told PTI on Saturday night. The agenda we are proposing is different from the routine political model.
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He said - "Our agenda is development and it's for the people of the country. So this kind of third front means that a gang of political opportunist parties are uniting themselves for vested poltical gain", he said. "We have just started the discussions today and we will continue further". We have to work together as it is a collective family.
"Politics, like government administration, is a continuous process".
She added, "Politics throws at you situations where you have to work with different people".
Dasoju also mocked KCR saying he was staging a show in order to divert the attention of the people, adding, "I don't think Mamata Banerjee ji will take him seriously, no one will lose anything by showing willingness to meet (accepting his proposal for meeting)".
"National People's Front", "Bharat People's Front" and Bharat Praja Samithi (on the lines of Telangana Rashtra Samiti) are some of the names doing rounds for the new political formation.