KCR meets Stalin, but DMK refuses to be part of Third Front

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao met DMK President M K Stalin in Chennai on Monday. The meeting at Stalin's home lasted over an hour and it was a courtesy call, DMK said. Rao did not speak to media after the meeting. KCR was told that Stalin was committed to his alliance with the Congress party, DMK said in a statement. In the meeting that went beyond an hour, Stalin conveyed to Rao that his party was in a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and he had also pitched the name of Rahul Gandhi for the office of the Prime Minister.

In fact, the DMK was not keen on granting an appointment for Rao, who it feels might be working at the behest of the BJP. “It was a courtesy call. We know the reason for his meeting, but we could not say no to him because it would not be right to deny time to a CM," a DMK leader said. Possible "post poll scenarios" that may merge and how a federal front could help regional parties and "southern States," were put forth by Rao, sources added.