The longest-serving chief minister of Bihar, who is the de facto leader of the JD(U), has for long been fancied as a potential 'secular' alternative to the charisma of PM Modi.
One source also informed that Presidential elections also came up for discussions between the TRS and JDS chiefs, during which Rao asked Deve Gowda to take the lead for the alternative force.
Political observers say both the Congress and the Left prefer to have Stalin as a unifying face since the DMK will be seen as a neutral party.
"Prashant Kishor is working with me. There is no secret about it," K Chandrasekhar Rao said.
He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to expanding his party across the country, pointing at his trip to Gujarat, where elections are slated by the end of this year.
Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) feels a need to create a ‘pragmatic content based agenda’ for the unity among the non-BJP parties instead of creating any front.
The AICC leader said Congress is trying to further strengthen its base to oust BJP in the 2024 general election.
However, a DMK spokesperson maintained that his party’s working president would always think in terms of cementing a strong secular alliance that included the Congress as well.
Party leaders said KCR’s call to Telugu-speaking voters in Karnataka had helped JD(s) win considerable number of seats.
Yadav said he is regularly communicating with all political parties in opposition and will unite them when the time comes.
She predicted that in the upcoming Assembly polls in Karnataka, Congress would win it but has to take the support of the JD(S).
Yechury feels that all secular democratic parties need to first strengthen themselves in states and thereafter in Parliament to take on the BJP.
Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says he will run ‘robust campaign’ with Opposition leaders to save democracy in country
Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has not minced his words criticising the BJP-led central government held an event with opposition parties in Patna, Bihar today.
Former general secretary Prakash Karat made it categorically clear that there cannot and should not be any political understanding with the Congress.
Rao will go to Bhuvaneshwar in the first week of May to meet Naveen Patnaik to discuss about Federal Front plans.
Left leader suggests worker-farmer alliance, Left democratic front including Congress, to defeat BJP-RSS
All India Kisan Sabha leader d K Krishnaprasad expressed anguish over the tussle between the Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat camps and the lack of unity within the CPI(M).
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao meets Deve Gowda to launch Third Front, asks Telugus in Karnataka to vote for JD (S)
Rao had met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata recently to discuss the plans for evolving a coalition of regional parties.
Party insiders say that the CM postponed meet on Federal Front after Centre’s proposal to hold simultaneous polls to LS and State Assemblies as per schedule.
The TMC too will face an existential challenge from within, with factions and powerful syndicates clashing among themselves.
K Chandrashekhar Rao had recently said a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country, and had called for a "qualitative change" in politics.