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Kolkata: TELANGANA Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who called on Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, has advocated for a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front for the Lok Sabha polls due next year.

Treading cautiously, Mamata Banerjee has, however, said that whether Congress should be included or excluded in the federal front to ensure BJP’s defeat is a matter that needs to be decided after consulting all the other probable constituents.

Rao today called on the Bengal Chief Minister at state secretariat Nabanna around 3.15 pm. He was accompanied by party leader K Keshava Rao for the pre-scheduled meeting. After the meeting, both the Chief Ministers addressed the newspersons.

“Congress and BJP are not capable of governing this country. We need an alternative front to fight them and save the country. Through the past 71 years, people of this country are either voting for the Congress or when they get disgruntled they vote for the BJP. We want a federal front that can be the real alternative to them and save the country,” Rao said.

Banerjee, however, was not firm about leaving Congress out of the proposed federal front. “Talks have just begun. We shall have to talk to other parties before taking any decision,” she said when asked about the possibility of Congress joining the anti-BJP front. “It’s a good beginning. I think politics is a continuous process.”

On being asked as to who will be the leader of the federal front, Rao said that although it will be a collective leadership, the front partners will decide on a face after a thorough consultation.