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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Experts discuss role of southern parties in formation of central government

Updated : May 14, 2019 10:38 PM IST

MK Stalin has hit back at Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan, who claimed that the DMK chief was in talks with the saffron party. Stalin dared to quit politics if the claim is proven and reiterated his stance that DMK supports Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister. Stalin was the first key leader to endorse the Congress president for the prime minister's job.

DMK is also playing down the meeting between TRS chief Chandrashekar Rao and Stalin yesterday. The party has called it a courtesy meeting. There is speculation that KCR is angling for the post of deputy prime minister if UPA comes to power. KCR has remained steadfast in his stand so far of trying to form a non-Congress and non-BJP government at the centre.

Jagan Reddy, the YSR Congress chief has said he has "forgiven" the Congress party and brooks no vengeance even after being jailed under corruption charges. However, he is keeping his card close to his chest by praising Prime Minister Modi saying he may have "exhibited a stronger will than any other prime minister."

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Sunetra Choudhury, national political editor of Hindustan Times; A Saravanan, spokesperson of DMK; Abid Rasool Khan, spokesperson of TRS; Konda Rajiv Gandhi, spokesperson of YSRCP, discussed the potential role that south Indian parties can play in government formation post-May 23.

Here's what they have to say:

A Saravanan: “In this politically surcharged atmosphere when two top leaders of a region meet, it can never just be a courtesy call. Our leader is understood to have impressed upon KCR on supporting the Congress alliance and on the evils of BJP staying in power. We will have to wait and see how this persuasion has worked and whether it will have any impact on KCR.”

Abid Rasool Khan: “We will win about 16 seats in Telangana. We have been very clear in our efforts, that is the formation of the federal front and the idea of this is to get all the regional parties, all the secular parties on to one table. This front will come into governance in 2019 on its own and we want to keep out the Congress and the BJP. We have been very steadfast and very committed to this cause and KCR has taken it upon himself to talk to all the parties, convince them of the requirement of such a front for better governance. KCR has been very clear in his idea that he is not angling for any post, he is not working towards getting a prime ministership or deputy prime ministership for himself, he is working to save the country’s constitution and the country’s secular structure.”

Sunetra Choudhury: “Whether it is the ruling party or the opposition, they are all posturing and saying we are going to do fabulous and we are not going to need anybody. We are going to achieve our objective. However, they know that come May 23, anything could happen and so everyone is keeping their lines of communication open.”
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