Naidu-Rahul talks may fortify anti-BJP alliance

Naidu-Rahul talks may fortify anti-BJP alliance

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi (Naidu-Rahul talks) in New Delhi on Thursday was taken at a meeting of Ministers available in Amaravati and senior party leaders over lunch on Wednesday.

One Minister was stated to be sceptical about going with the Congress but Mr. Naidu had overruled him. It would be the first time Mr. Naidu is holding a direct dialogue with Mr. Gandhi, though they greeted each other at the swearing-in of H.D. Kumaraswamy as Karnataka Chief Minister in Bengaluru on May 23.

This is Mr. Naidu’s second visit to Delhi in a week with a heavy political agenda. He is scheduled to meet NCP president Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. The meeting with Mr. Gandhi may take place at Mr. Pawar’s residence. Giving a big push to his efforts to form a broad non-BJP front, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav telephoned him on Tuesday night to extend his support to his efforts.

In the meeting with Mr. Gandhi, he is expected to discuss ways of bringing together all non-BJP parties on a single platform ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Image result for Naidu-Rahul talksThis is Mr. Naidu’s second visit to Delhi in a week with a heavy political agenda. He is scheduled to meet NCP president Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. The meeting with Mr. Gandhi may take place at Mr. Pawar’s residence.

Giving a big push to his efforts to form a broad non-BJP front, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav telephoned him on Tuesday night to extend his support to his efforts.

He is believed to have told Mr. Naidu that it was the right time to fight the BJP and the “autocratic style” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi “that has resulted in the collapse of all institutions.”

On Saturday, Mr. Naidu met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP leader Mayawati, CPI General Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, besides Mr. Abdullah.

AMARAVATI , NOVEMBER 01, 2018