29 October, 2020

Ahead, A Conquest

KCR’s sudden initiative to ‘lead’ a Third Front flummoxes many

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Ahead, A Conquest
outlookindia.com
2018-03-10T10:55:48+05:30

The start of this month heralded spring for the BJP, as the party registered a massive victory in Tripura, toppling the 25-year-old Left bastion. However, the Ides of March also caused quite a commotion across the political spectrum of the country.

The results for Tripura and two other Northeastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland saw the Congress fumbling for a response and searching for its missing leadership. Some other parties sprang a surprise by announcing arguable alliances and dubious bonds. On March 4, a day after the poll results, the BSP announced support to arch-rival Samajwadi Party in two Lok Sabha bypolls to “ensure the defeat” of the BJP. Down south, Telangana chief minister K. Chandra­shekhar Rao mooted a Third Front of regional parties.

“We have had enough of the Congress and BJP, who have ruled the country for 70 years without much development,” said KCR, as the 64-year-old Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader is known, mooting the front. “I will lead this movement.” The Congress alleges that “outside...

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