Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao is understood to be considering staying away from the Presidential election in July in the event of failing to field a joint candidate against the NDA (National Democratic Alliance), according to the sources related to the TRS party.
KCR has been attempting to convince regional parties to field a joint opposition candidate. He personally met regional parties’ leaders over the past few months by visiting states like Delhi and Bangalore.
K. Chandrashekar Rao met JD(S) leaders HD Kumaraswamy and HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru, AAP President and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Delhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddav Thakeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemanth Soren in Ranchi, and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav in Hyderabad.
He also spoke to TMC (Trinamool Congress) president and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin over the phone to discuss Presidential elections.
The BJP-led NDA, already initiated talks with regional parties including the BJD in Odisha and YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh to seek their support for the NDA in the Presidential election.
The NDA already has an edge in the Presidential election and the support of BJD and YSRCP will make this election a cakewalk for it.
Against this backdrop, KCR reportedly had lost hopes of giving a tough fight to the NDA.