Is Pink Party inching towards Saffron?

Chief Minister KCR greets Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday
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Chief Minister KCR greets Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday

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KCR meeting top BJP leaders several times sparks speculation over political understanding in Telangana

New Delhi: Has TRS and BJP come to any political understanding? This was the speculation that got triggered in political circles following the one-hour meeting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.

It is said that KCR had discussed political issues at national level and Telangana as well. This meeting assumed importance in the wake of increasing rift between the Pink Party and the Saffron party.

TRS leaders do not rule out the possibility of some political understanding between the two leaders. It is being felt that both the TRS and BJP consider Congress as their political rival. Since the Congress has been criticising the TRS at state level and BJP at national level, it is being said that there was a need for change in political strategies and equations in Telangana to put brakes to the Congress surge.

Sources said this was the third meeting in two weeks between these two leaders and hence it was more than just State issues.

The recent meetings with top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they say was a clear attempt to strike some understanding with the Centre. The recent ED (Enforcement Directorate) probe into the drugs case involving Tollywood actors also has caused worry to the State Government as the issue grabbed national attention.

The Chief Minister also met Union Commerce, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Piyush Goyal and pleaded with him to address the issue of purchase of rice and parboiled rice from Telangana. KCR brought to the notice of the Union minister the plights of the parboiled rice millers over stockpiling rice in the mills due to stoppage of the procurement by the Central agencies.

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