New Delhi: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been on a mission to bring the like-minded parties on one platform for the upcoming presidential poll against the NDA candidate.
The election for the President of the country is set to be held in July. He met with several leaders, such as Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwat Mann, in the last two days, as a part of his effort.
KCR is on a national political tour with a dual purpose: for the President’s election and his other mission is to set a national agenda for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
KCR visited Maharashtra, and his current tour of Delhi and Punjab is going on. But he has not met with any Congress leaders. His meeting with Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has not mentioned in his programme.
However, the talk is in the air that other political parties will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and seek her party’s support for the presidential poll.
Meanwhile, the TRS president is expected to meet former prime minister Deve Gowda and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on May 26. KCR has also laid out plans to reach out to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her home state, followed by his trip to meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. The Telangana CM has been scheduled to meet his Odisha counterpart, Naveen Patnaik, to seek support for the consensus candidate.
“The chief ministers of Telangana, Delhi and Punjab, who met in Chandigarh at the residence of Bhagwant Mann on Sunday evening, are reported to have discussed the possibility of a consensus candidate of the non-BJP parties for the presidential poll, a senior TRS leader said.
The BJP-led NDA is said to be short of over 9,000 votes to win the presidential election on its own. Both YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal might play a crucial role in deciding the prospects of the presidential candidate’s victory.