Tamil Nadu

Stalin remains unswayed by KCR on ties with Congress

DMK president M.K. Stalin presents a souvenir to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Chennai on Monday.

DMK president M.K. Stalin presents a souvenir to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Chennai on Monday.   | Photo Credit: supplied pic

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Monday told Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) that “he [Stalin] would remain a link between him and the Congress party”.

When Mr. Rao, who earlier visited the Srirangam temple in Tiruchi, called on Mr. Stalin at his Alwarpet residence in the evening, the DMK leader made it clear that it would not augur well for the country if the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power at the Centre.

While Mr. Rao left without talking to waiting media personnel, sources in the DMK said that the Telangana Chief Minister, who had propounded the idea of a Federal Front, was insistent that regional parties have their voice heard in the future government.

“Throughout the meeting, Mr. Stalin stuck to his stand on the Congress. Mr. Rao urged him and the DMK to ensure prominence for regional parties, and look at the political situation not just from the point of view of the Congress,” the sources added.

Regional parties’ unity

Asked whether Mr. Rao had come to seek support for the BJP, the sources merely said that the Telangana Chief Minister “reiterated that regional parties should take a decision together”.

On his part, Mr. Stalin requested Mr. Rao to speak to friends and political leaders in various States to garner support for the Congress, in case there was a shortfall in seats required to form a government.

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