TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee Backs KCR’s Call For National Front


Kolkata: K Chandrasekhar Rao, the chief of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), on Saturday announced that he was keen to join national politics to bring about a ‘change’ in the political system.

The TRS chief has got support from his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and a few others, including Hyderabad lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi.

The Trinamool Congress chief reportedly told Mr Rao over the telephone that she was willing to work with him to bring in a qualitative change in the country’s politics.

On Saturday, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president had said he was ready to play a role in national politics and take a leadership initiative for an alternate political front. Now from Owaisi to Mamata, politicians, political parties back TRS Chief KCR’s decision of joining national politics, forming third-front .

People are looking for change, said Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. ” I am asking the Centre to increase support price for crops by Rs. 500, so farmers distress can be addressed. Will they do it? They won’t. Think Telangana should show the way. Our schemes for farmers is progressive. We can give direction to the country,” Mr Rao said.

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “friend”, Mr Rao claimed his initiative was not against the BJP or PM Modi. It is against the slow progress of the country, the TRS chief said. The TRS Chief’s decision was warmly welcomed by All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi as well as West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Apart from them, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren, too, backed KCR, by giving him support.

The Telangana Chief Minister said, “Since morning, I have been receiving many calls from various places in India. Today afternoon, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called me and said that I have taken the right decision and she will be supporting me.” According to an official release, Mamata said, “I am in agreement with you. I will work with you.”