HYDERABAD: Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Ch. Vidyasagar Rao asserted here on Sunday that the Third Front had bleak chances in the context of CPI (M) general secretary hinting at the possibility of backing the Congress and the emergence of only the NDA and UPA seeking to occupy the centre stage.

At a press conference, he welcomed the participation of Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in the NDA rally at Ludhiana. In this context, Mr. Rao hoped that Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu would back the BJP-led alliance although the party had not invited him.

The BJP leader maintained that there appeared to be no Grand Alliance in the State with the TRS choosing to back the NDA. Referring to the Bill on Telangana, he claimed that the TDP would be forced to back it as many parties were supporting the demand for a separate State.

Mr. Rao demanded an all-party meeting to discuss the situation arising out of the administration getting ‘paralysed’, with the Congress being afraid of the consequences in the event of a hung Assembly.

He charged the administration with ‘totally failing’ to meet the minimum needs of people. This was evident from the outbreak of cholera in the State capital. The BJP leader stressed that the government should convene an all-party meeting into the issue.