March 24, 2023

Telangana CM KCR meets Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao met Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his cabinet ministers in Mumbai on Sunday.
The meeting comes in the backdrop of some opposition parties trying to cobble together an anti-BJP front with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
According to sources in KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samity party, the meeting happened on an invitation from Shiv Sena chief Thackeray. KCR is also expected to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar during his Maharashtra tour.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also attended the meeting.

The BJP took a dig at Thackeray, with party leader Kirit Somaiya asking if Thackeray has sought permission from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi before scheduling the meeting with KCR.
“A similar meeting had happened between West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Thackeray, with an attempt non-Congress non-BJP front. But within a few days, Shiv Sena ruled out any alliance with her,” Somaiya said.
KCR could meet CMs from other NDA states lke West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Lalu Prasad. Mamata Banerjee and MK Stalin have also shown their interests in forming an anti-BJP front. Further movement on this front is expected after results of the on-going assembly elections in five states are declared.
Former Prime Minister HD Devegowda of JDS is learnt to have extended support to KCR for the initiative.
Stalin had also said that chief ministers of non-NDA-ruled states would soon hold a convention in Delhi.
KCR has recently raised the pitch in his opposition to BJP and PM Modi.
During two public meetings and a press conference recently, he charged the Prime Minister of communal politics, accused him of usurping states powers and threatened to file a case in the Supreme Court over allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

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