No front is proposed, but alignment of people k chandrasekhar rao after meeting dmk’s mk stalin- the new indian express gas bubble in back

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CHENNAI : Expressing delight over his meeting with DMK working president MK Stalin in Chennai on Sunday, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said he was concentrating on ‘truthful federalism’ aimed at bringing a ‘qualitative’ change in politics. However, in a departure from earlier remarks calling for non-BJP, non-Congress alliance, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo did not rule out the possibility of joining hands with the grand old party. “Neither do we say we will associate with Congress, nor that we will desert it,” he said, in response to a query. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao greets

KCR, who has been meeting regional leaders, including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, in a bid to form a regional Federal Front, called on the DMK president and five-time Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence before lunching with Stalin and other DMK leaders.

Addressing the media with Stalin after the 150-minute meeting at the latter’s Chitharanjan Salai residence, KCR referred to the DMK leader as a brother. “It’s time for India to act in a truthful federalism,” he said, adding that he and Stalin shared the view that India should be secular and there was no alternative to that.

Both said they had discussed Centre-State relations, powers to states, devolution of funds and autonomy. Despite sounding upbeat, Stalin said a call on any alliance would be taken only during the general elections. He said KCR had proposed a State autonomy meet to be organised. KCR also invited Stalin to take part in the May 10 launch of a Telangana scheme to provide `8,000 per acre to farmers.

SHOWING off his warmth and bonhomie with DMK leader M K Stalin, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday referred to Stalin as his brother and termed their meet and lunch “delightful”. Noting that the discussion was not either a beginning or ending, KCR said, “We will continue our friendship and we will forge ahead our new idea.” However, he cautioned against any haste in talking of a formation of a third alternative. “We have not proposed a third, fourth or fifth front. Who said third front? Nothing like that,” he stated while responding to a question.

The Telangana leader said it was an alignment of not mere political parties but an alignment of the people, the masses and the farming community working for ‘betterment’ of the country offering a lot of opportunity for youth.“We had a telephone conversation with Mamata Banerjee, we would talk to leaders across India,” he informed.

Stalin disclosed that the leaders discussed issues relating to protecting secular nature of India, obtaining more rights for states, raising voice for states autonomy, transferring education to states list and seeking more share in the funds. DMK leaders A Raja and T R Baalu were among those at the meeting, while KCR was accompanied by TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshav Rao, Finance Minister Etela Rajender and others. KCR said that he was pleased to have met the ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi who greeted him. Describing the former TN CM as the tallest leader in the country, he said Kalaignar had presented him with some books.