Stressing the need to protect the federal spirit of the country, West Bengal chief minister Ms Mamatha Benarjee telephoned Telangana chief minister Mr K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday.
She has been in regular touch with Mr Rao in an effort to build an alternate force to BJP in the country. She reportedly expressed her intention to meet Mr Rao either at Kolkata or at Hyderabad to discuss extensively on the issue.
She also told Mr Rao that she was going to take part in the election rally at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on March 3 and told Mr Rao that they should work to defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
Ms Mamatha also told Mr Rao that she was in touch with Tamilnadu chief minister Mr Stalin.
The call from Ms Mamatha Benarjee to Mr Rao assumes great significance a day after Mr Rao told reporters that she had invited him to Kolkata recently.
She desired that all the parties should unite to defeat the BJP that has been spoiling the federal and democratic spirit of the country.
Mr KCR had already briefed the media the other day that soon an alternate force would emerge in the country to put an end to the BJP rule. He said he was pained to witness the treacherous rule of BJP dividing people and its greed for power without delivering anything to people or contributing to the country. He also lamented that it has been instigating and dividing people under the garb of nationalism and patriotism which are nothing but hollow slogans.
The so-called patriotism and Hindu unity do not help eradicate the hunger of people, he pointed out in his media briefing. He also lashed out at the false propaganda unleashed by the BJP on social media resorting to character assassination of opposition leaders.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao
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