The proposal made by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for a third alternative to the Congress and the BJP seems to be a non-starter, notwithstanding his claim that he would tour different parts of the country to mobilise the support.
While Trinamul Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee insisted that the Congress should be part of the alliance, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren said he would have an alliance with the Congress.
DMK chief Stalin said his party is already part of the UPA and will decide on further alliances only at that time.
On the other hand, the Telugu Desam Party has indirectly conveyed to the TRS chief that it is not keen on the third front, as AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said he had absolutely no interest in national politics and would concentrate on only his state.
On Wednesday, even power star and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan expressed his reservations about the third front.
He did not give any clarity on whether he would be part of the Third Front proposed by KCR.
“If they take me, let me see,” he said.
So, the situation has come back to square one for KCR. The Congress party in Telangana says the third front has no relevance, as the TRS will not win a single Lok Sabha seat in next elections.
Apparently, KCR's announcement of his entry into national politics was nothing but an attempt to escape questioning on the failures of the TRS Government during the last four years.
"A Chief Minister who never went to the Secretariat is now dreaming to become a national leader. A person who is responsible for suicide of over 4,000 farmers in Telangana wants to make policies on agriculture at the national level. This is totally ridiculous and highly condemnable," a Congress leader said.