DMK chief MK Stalin today (Tuesday, May 14) ruled out chances of a non-BJP, non-Congress third front forming government after the elections after meeting Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao in Chennai a day before.
Stalin, said media reports, denied that KCR discussed alliances with him, but dubbed the visit as a “courtesy call.”
“It doesn’t seem to me that there is a chance for that. However, that will be decided only after counting on May 23,” PTI quoting Stalin as saying in Chennai when quizzed about the federal front.
“He (KCR) did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he added.
The Telangana Chief Minister has already reached out to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan who heads the CPI(M)-led LDF government, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Mamata Banerjee in Bengal. He also has the promise of support from Jaganmohan Reddy, chief of the opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh, said a NDTV report.
KCR, as Rao is dubbed by his party workers, is seen as closer to the BJP, having supported them earlier for votes in parliament.
While KCR, who returned to power with a landslide victory in Assembly elections held last December, is keen on a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front comprising regional parties, he may not be averse to having Congress on board if the proposed federal front falls short of the desired numbers.
Sources said that Stalin hinted to KCR that he should support the Congress rather than insist on a third front excluding the Congress.
The DMK chief has maintained that he is committed to the alliance with the Congress and has twice suggested the name of Rahul Gandhi for the post of prime minister in the last few months.
DMK Spokesperson A Saravanan told NDTV after yesterday’s meeting: “Our leader was firm Rahul Gandhi who he proposed to be the PM candidate has to become the Prime Minister. He impressed upon Mr KCR to strengthen the UPA.”
Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats. Telangana, where Rao won a landslide victory last year, has 17 seats, neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has 25 seats. Kerala has 20 seats and Karnataka 28. Together, they add up to 129 seats.