Police detains Telangana BJP members protesting against KCR's comment

KCR, as he is known popularly, who spearheaded the Telangana statehood movement for over a decade to realise it, has offered to play an active role in building such a front towards "an urgent need for qualitative change in national politics". "The country is looking towards those parties which are against the BJP and the Congress", he said.

On Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's statement that he might go in for an alliance with "friendly" parties in Telangana, KCR said he did not rule out such an alliance between the two parties.

He claimed that the Congress failed to deliver after the 2009 elections, and the BJP also did not live up to the people's expectations since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.

On Saturday, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said he was keen to participate in the national politics to bring about a "change", and was in talks with others to form a platform of like-minded parties. The left party leaders mainly CPM National General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also shared his views on the need of emegerce of a third front before 2019 elections. "What both Congress and BJP did all these years?". Discussions are going on the same.

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Mamata agreed with Rao's opinion that there is a necessity for qualitative change in the country's politics.

Trinamul leaders said it was Mamata who initiated the idea of federal parties coming together to defeat the BJP.

"Around 200 persons including, MLA Ramchandra Reddy and former- legislator Badam Bal Reddy were taken into preventive custody", said A. Venkateshwara Rao, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone). He is my good friend. KCR will meet retired All India Services officers, retired Defence personnel, national level leaders from agriculture, irrigation, eminent economists, legal luminaries and people from other sections. "We spoke on a lot of issues". "People hardly know what kind of friendship we have between us and what kind of matters we discuss", KCR said. In addition, he demanded that the ruling TRS give Rajya Sabha ticket to a family member of Telangana martyrs. When asked if he will join hands with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, KCR cryptically said that he can not predict the future.