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Banerjee telephoned her Telangana counterpart KCR to extend her support to his plan to cobble up a "Third Front" as an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress. "KCR has given exemplary governance to Telangana in the last 4 years".

The Chief Minister said he was in consultation with other leaders on the possibility of forming a common platform with likeminded political parties.

Sources in the TRS said the chief minister already had a talk with DMK working president Stalin and with the president of newly formed Makkal Needhi Maiyam, Kamal Haasan.

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KCR, as Rao is popularly known, told the gathering that his mere call for a qualitative change in the national politics received support from all four corners of the country. "If necessary, I will hold a nationwide tour to campaign for a change in the national politics and kick up a debate", he said. It has been learnt that KCR will very soon undertake a "Delhi Yatra" to meet heads of various regional parties and Left Parties to take his initiative forward. People are vexed now. I have a clear idea, agenda and route map for bringing the much-needed change in the existing political system. No qualitative change is seen by people even after 70 years of democracy.China developed in less than three decades. Of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, there are 255 seats in 14 states where it is a fight between the BJP and Congress (in Kerala the fight is between LDF and the UDF led by the Congress). Can we expect something new to happen if the Congress comes to power after the BJP?

"People are looking for change".

He said that the new platform could be a third front or any other front and he will not mind being a part of the change."It can be a third front or any front". Discussions are going on.

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PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi) leaders S Ramdoss and GK Mani from Tamil Nadi, who were KCR's good friends, extended wishes and informed TRS leader they will stand by him. Recently I met (CPM leader) Sitaram Yechury. "But if they are held, we are ready for it", he said.

Telangana is also peeved that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not responded to the state's plea to increase quota to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities.

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