K Chandrasekhar Rao: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao national tour with an eye on President election? | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is reportedly on a mission to explore the possibility of fielding a “consensus candidate of like-minded parties” for the presidential poll against the NDA candidate. The election for the post of the President of India will be held in July. As part of his efforts, he has met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab countepart Bhagwat Mann in the last two days.
In addition to his efforts to bring together political parties against BJP and set a national agenda for the 2024-Lok Sabha polls, KCR, who is on a national political tour, is focusing on the election scheduled to be held in July.
While KCR, during his earlier visit to Maharashtra and his current tour of Delhi and Punjab, has not met Congress leaders, his present national tour itinerary does not include reaching out to Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
However, the talk in political circles is that the leaders of other political parties would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and seek the grand old party’s support in finalising and supporting the consensus candidate for the presidential poll.
Meanwhile, the TRS president is expected to meet former prime minister Deve Gowda and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on May 26. KCR has also laid out plans to reach out to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her home state followed by his trip to meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
A senior TRS leader did not rule out the possibility of KCR meeting opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav during his visit to Bihar. The Telangana CM is also likely to meet his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik to seek support for the consensus candidate.
“The chief ministers of Telangana, Delhi and Punjab, who met in Chandigarh at the residence of Bhagwant Mann on Sunday evening, are reported to have discussed the possibility of a consensus candidate of the non-BJP parties for the presidential poll,” a senior TRS leader said.
The BJP-led NDA is said to be short of over 9,000 votes to win the presidential election on its own. Both YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal might play a crucial role in deciding the prospects of the presidential candidate’s victory.

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