TRS chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is most likely to skip the proposed rally of opposition parties being organized by Trinamul Congress Party chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on January 19. He does not want to share dais with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has also been invited to the rally, along with Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu and others. It is not exactly known whether KCR really got an invitation from Mamata for the rally. TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha B Vinod Kumar feigned ignorance about the invitation extended to KCR.
KCR recently met Mamata in Kolkata as part of his renewed efforts towards forging a ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ federal front of regional parties. After the meeting, Mamata refused to comment on KCR’s proposal for the federal front without Congress.KCR met Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJP) chief Naveen Patnaik seeking to drum up support for the federal front. Odisha chief minister said he would not join the grand alliance comprising the Congress. former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who could not meet KCR during the latter’s visit to Delhi recently, was expected to visit the southern state “any time” to talk to the Telangana chief minister. Mayawati’s stance on KCR’s federal front, he said, “We did not discuss with her”.