TRS to hold talks with YSR Cong on federal front

(Eds: Recasting overnight story) Hyderabad, Jan 16 (PTI) Continuing his efforts to forge anon-BJP, non-Congress front ahead of the coming Lok sabhapolls, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to hold talks with YSR Congress to try and rope it into the proposed coalition. Rao deputed the party's working president and his son KT Rama Rao and other senior leaders to hold parleys with theleader of the opposition in Andhra Pradesh, Y S JaganmohanReddy Wednesday, a release from the ruling TRS said. "TRS president and the Chief Minister decided to hold talks with YSR Congress party on the issue of joining handsfor the federal front. "TRS party's working president K T Rama Rao, senior leader and MP Vinod Kumar and general secretaries Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and Sravan Kumar Reddy were asked to hold discussions with Jaganmohan Reddy. Accordingly K T Rama Rao and his team will hold talks with Jagan tomorrow (January 16)," it said Tuesday. KCR, as he is popularly known, had met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 10 as part of his efforts towards forging a 'non-Congress, non-BJP' federal front of regional parties. Rao had also met Odisha Chief Minister and Biju JanataDal (BJP) chief Naveen Patnaik, seeking to drum up support for the federal front. The TRS returned to power in the December 7, 2018assembly elections, winning 88 seats in the 119-memberTelangana Assembly, pushing the Congress to a distant second position with 19 seats. The BJP won in only one segment. PTI GDK APR ROH RCJ