Hyderabad: A day after his one-on-one meeting with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the meeting as ‘significant’. He also expressed confidence in the possibility of a non-BJP, non-Congress front at the end of the ongoing Lok Sabha election..
Speaking at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, Vijayan revealed that the two discussed the national political scenario and the possible position of various political parties after the Lok Sabha results are announced on May 23. Chandrashekhar Rao is learnt to have reasoned that neither the Congress-led UPA nor the BJP-led NDA will get a majority to form the government at the Centre. He agreed with Chandrashekhar Rao’s opinion that regional parties will play a prominent role at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections. “Yesterday’s meeting with Chandrashekhar Rao was siginificant. We discussed the national political scenario. He (Chandrashekhar Rao) feels that both the fronts (UPA and NDA) may not get a majority. The regional parties will play a bigger role in formation of the next government at the Centre,” he told mediapersons. More talks after May 23 However, the Kerala Chief Minister said there was no discussion between them about the Prime Ministerial candidate and more consultations will be held after the election results are announced. He said that whichever party or combine that comes to power after May 23 should ensure that the interests of States are not harmed as also the federal structure and spirit of secularism that is happening currently. Chandrashekhar Rao met Vijayan at Thiruvananthapuram on Monday at the latter’s official residence. The meeting triggered widespread speculation even as several leaders from regional parties spoke in support of the new front proposed by Chandrashekhar Rao who floated the idea of ‘Federal Front’ in March last year. He initiated efforts to provide an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress at the Centre. Subsequently, he met leaders of Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (S) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He also invited YSR Congress party to join the proposed front. Meanwhile, Chandrashekhar Rao’s meeting with DMK president MK Stalin on May 13 is unlikely to take place. Sources in TRS stated that no appointment was fixed yet for the meeting. It is learnt that Stalin was busy with campaigning for the Assembly by-elections to four Assembly constituencies scheduled to be held on May 19 and the same was communicated to the Chief Minister’s staff..