The love-hate relationship between CMs of AP and TS, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, has been taking new twists as the May 23 deadline of declaration of general elections nears.
National media in Delhi is abuzz with reports that both the Telugu CMs are coming together again to help the formation of a Congress-led government at the Centre after LS results with the support of all regional parties and Left parties and if time favours, form a government of regional parties with the support of Congress.
After analysing the polling trends of five phases of Lok Sabha polls held so far, KCR is learnt to have come to a conclusion that there is no scope for BJP-led NDA government coming to power at the Centre again.
Though KCR was initially in favour of supporting BJP, along with YSRCP Jagan, he dropped his plans after majority of the regional parties and Left parties do not want Modi to become PM again.
When KCR met leaders of regional parties and CPM leader, Kerala CM Vijayan, they suggested KCR to maintain distance with BJP and rather work with Congress.
They warned KCR that if Modi becomes PM again, he will pose a threat even to TRS in Telangana in the coming days by dividing Hindu and Muslim voters in Telangana on communal lines, which has been already witnessed in Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad Lok Sabha polling recently where BJP expected to make huge gains in vote share, if not wins these seats.
With this KCR is learnt to have decided to sail with Congress and for this he sought the help of Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy and DMK chief Stalin to ‘mediate’ with Rahul on taking him into Congress-led coalition.
However, both these leaders reportedly told KCR that Chandababu enjoys more clout at Rahul Gandhi at present than any other leader, and only Naidu can help him.
KCR instead of directly approaching Naidu, reportedly roped in TRS senior leaders, Tummala Nageshwar Rao, Kadiam Srihari, Nama Nageshwar Rao, who worked in TDP for decades along with him and still mantain good relations with Naidu.
These leaders conveyed KCR’s feelings to Naidu, who apparently told them that he had no objection to work with KCR in national politics to dethrone Modi.
Naidu is expected to invite KCR for the meeting of all non-BJP parties on May 21 in Delhi to form a Front, which will stake claim to form the government at the Centre soon after announcement of results on May 23.
KCR too is expected to camp in Delhi along with Naidu from May 21 till the new government takes over.
KCR wants to avoid speaking or interfering in ‘Andhra politics’ for new to please Naidu and remain calm on his relations with Jagan till a clarity comes on who will come to power at the Centre and in AP.