HYDERABAD: TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao promised a “sensation in national politics” after his trysts with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav in the national capital.
His comment after a visit to a Sarvodaya Government School in Delhi assumes significance as it followed closed-door confabulations with Akhilesh Yadav at his Delhi residence on Saturday.
KCR, who’s trying to firm up an alternative agenda for the country along with like-minded opposition parties, is soon expected to meet more leaders, including former PM Deve Gowda and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru. On Saturday, he visited a government school and mohalla clinic with Aam Admi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal.
During his meeting with Akhilesh, KCR reportedly discussed national politics and the need to put up a united fight against the BJP-led Central government. He also discussed an alternative political agenda, need to battle ‘bias’ against non-BJP governments and the upcoming presidential election, sources told TOI. KCR also praised Akhilesh for Samajwadi Party’s creditable performance in the UP elections, even though his party failed to secure power, the sources said.
To media queries on his meeting with Akhilesh, the TRS president said, “when political leaders meet, they discuss politics.” He, however, did not elaborate on his “sensation in politics” remark.
The CM reportedly informed the SP chief that it was high-time like-minded parties came on a single platform to fight BJP’s ‘divisive’ politics. He explained to him that the paddy issue and curbs on market borrowings were a big hurdle to progressive states like Telangana, “This is like a wild-fire. If you don’t stop, it would spread to other states and this is the biggest threat to national integration. You have seen how BJP played the communal card in UP elections,” KCR told the former CM. TRS sources said Akhilesh also agreed with the TRS chief.
KCR, who visited a government school in the national capital, told the media that the Centre should consult the states on the national education policy before implementation.
“The Centre can come up with new policies, but it should consult states. This is all about democracy,” the CM said. He praised the educational system in Delhi, where practical knowledge has taken over theoretical study. He said Telangana would also implement the Delhi model and a delegation of teachers, officials and teachers’ unions would be sent to study the Delhi education system.
Kejriwal said it was a honour that KCR had visited Delhi schools and spent much time in the state. He said, they would also learn about development schemes in Telangana.