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Maya, Akhilesh give KCR federal front meet a miss

But SP chief backs TRS president’s move, to meet him in Hyd on Jan 6

Despite claims by TRS sources that party president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) would hold talks with BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday about a proposed federal front, both the Uttar Pradesh stalwarts did not turn up for the meeting. However, Akhilesh on Wednesday backed KCR’s move for the anti-BJP and anti-Congress federal front and said he will meet the TRS chief in Hyderabad soon. There was no word from Mayawati as yet on the KCR’s move. On his second day in Delhi, instead of meeting Opposition leaders, KCR met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues pertaining to Telangana. Meanwhile, rebel SP leader Shivpal Yadav, who recently floated the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), on Wednesday said he is willing to join hands with the Congress to defeat the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The estranged uncle of Akhilesh stressed that all those talking about forming a front to defeat the BJP should also talk to him. Appreciating the efforts of the Telangana Chief Minister to build an alliance keeping in view to 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Akhilesh said that he would visit Hyderabad next month on January 6 and would definitely call on KCR. The SP chief said he could not meet the TRS leader due to his unavailability in Delhi that coincided with the schedule of KCR. Sources said the meeting between Akhilesh and KCR were planned at the residence of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, KRC received a setback when Mayawati, who despite being in Delhi, did not turn up for the proposed meeting. On Tuesday, sources close to the TRS had claimed that Mayawati was scheduled to meet the Telangana CM on Wednesday at 11.30 am. Pitching for a federal front of regional parties, the TRS chief reached Delhi on Monday night and will stay put in the national Capital till Thursday. While the BJP has dubbed KCR as the “B team” of the Congress, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu have accused Rao of being the “B team” of the BJP. KCR had met his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Sunday and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. In his first meeting with the Prime Minister after taking over as Chief Minister for the second time last week, KCR discussed a variety of issues with Modi, including release of funds for 10 backward districts, setting up of a separate high court for Telangana, Kendriya Vidyalayas in new district and an IIIT in Karimnagar district. Read more posts… Thursday, 27 December 2018 | PNS | New Delhi

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