One party should not rule country, says Mamata
Kolkata: Emphasizing on the need for an "alternate force", Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday to discuss a "federal front," focusing solely on "people's agenda" that will usher in a "chamatkar (miracle)" ahead of the 2019 elections.
Pitching for a non-Congress, non-BJP "federal front" in the country, KCR with Banerjee by his side, addressed a joint press conference after an hour-long- meeting and added: "There is definitely going to be a federal front by the people of India. It is not a mere aligning of political parties. It is about unifying the masses. Our front would be a federal front very shortly but the agenda we propose would be totally different from the present routine model. There is an urgent need for a qualitative change in the country."
Banerjee, whom Rao lauded for her role in taking Bengal to new heights, said: "In a democracy such situation comes up when all parties need to come together to work ... We don't want a particular party to rule the nation and do whatever they like… Of course, we want the federal front to be strong… We have to work together as it is a collective family. Let us approach the other parties also and discuss the matter. There is no hurry that we have to complete everything by today itself."
Terming her meeting with KCR as a "good beginning," she added: "It is a good beginning. I think politics is a continuous process, whatever we have discussed is aimed towards development of the country. Politics throws at you situations where you have to work with different people. I believe in politics."
Taking a dig at both the Congress and BJP for their "poor administration" that didn't work despite the country being so full of resources; the Telangana Rashtra Samiti president stressed upon bringing about a revolutionary change in the economic and political model of the country. In reply to a question related to the role of Congress in the "federal front", he said: "You know what has happened for the last 71 years in the country. Do you all want the same routine model to continue? There is a need for a chamatkar (miracle) in this country and there was a discussion in this regard as well".
However, in connection with the leadership, Rao said it will be a collective and federal leadership that will work for the country and "leaders always emerge from out of situations and sequences".
In connection with Congress president Rahul Gandhi's statement, Banerjee said: "They can come up with their views and we can say ours."
Heads of both the states have stated that the discussions with "like-minded" leaders will continue. Rao said that it was just a beginning and rest of the things will be discussed later when others sit together and come to a consensus.