Telangana CM to hold meetings to prepare national agenda

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who has mooted the idea of a third front and offered to lead it, on Monday unveiled plans to conduct a series of meetings across the country to prepare a national agenda.

Rao is chalking out a programme to hold meetings with organisations, associations and retired bureaucrats.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, he will first meet the retired All India Service Officers like IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS.

As these retired officers have seen political developments closely at state and all India level, meeting with them will be highly useful, the office said.

Rao is also expected to meet retired defence personnel and officers; legal luminaries; farmers’ associations and employees’ associations of all states; and economists and retired finance secretaries.

“These meetings will be followed with meetings with media houses, journalists, industrial houses, labour organizations and so on one after another,” the office said.

These meetings will be organised in Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Bangalore.

Rao’s idea of a front to provide an alternative to both the BJP and Congress, has already received support from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan.

The TRS leader claimed that six to seven MPs from Maharashtra also telephoned him to convey their support.

Stating that both the BJP and Congress failed the people, he said there was a need for qualitative change in Indian politics.

Calling for amendments to the Constitution to facilitate higher economic growth, he demanded that the Centre should transfer subjects like education, health, urban development, rural roads, reservation to the states.