Days after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Telangana for the second consecutive time, K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday embarked on a 7-day whirlwind tour to stitch a “non-Congress, non-BJP” Federal Front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The pink party chief is expected to meet a few chief ministers and former chief ministers during the tour.

On Sunday, KCR met Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to discuss an alternate front ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Both the chief ministers had a detailed discussion on national issues including the need for better friendship among the regional parties.

The TRS chief said there was a dire need for unification of regional parties to provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections.

He will visit Kolkata on Monday, where he will call on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

His party, the TRS, has hired a special aircraft for a period of one month for Rao’s trips to various places.

The chief minister kicked off his tour on Sunday with a visit to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at the Rajasyamala Temple and seek blessings of Swami Swarupanandendra of the famed Sarada Peeth.

Following his visit to Kolkata on Monday, KCR will leave for New Delhi in the night. From December 25, for two to three days, Rao will be in the national capital, a press release said.

Rao is also expected to make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his stay in New Delhi and also meet former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

During his Delhi trip, Rao is scheduled to meet Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Union ministers, with whom he will discuss issues related to the state.