Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader Kancherla Keshava Rao met senior leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) here on Saturday.
According to sources, the Rajya Sabha MP and other leaders met Trinamool general Mukul Roy, also a Rajya Sabha MP, at a five-star hotel.
While both sides are tight-lipped on the meeting, informed sources told The Hindu that Mr. Rao landed in Kolkata around mid-day “exclusively for his meeting with the second-in-command” of the TMC, Mukul Roy.
Reportedly, the meeting went of well but it was not clear whether the leaders discussed a possible alliance after the election. “We can confirm the meeting but not the content,” said the source, who was present at the meeting.
Keshava Rao, a former APCC chief, resigned from the Congress to join the TRS about a year ago alleging that the Central government was “not too keen” on acceding to the demand for a separate Telangana State.
He became the national secretary of the TRS and was sent to the Rajya Sabha earlier this year.
Mr. Rao is considered extremely close to TRS chief K. Chandrasekar Rao, and his visit to Kolkata is monitored by the political bigwigs of the city with interest.
“That is because Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats and according to our information, the TRS is going to bag at least half the seats,” said a senior Congress leader.