Anti-BJP parties will meet in Delhi on Nov 22
STEPPING up his efforts to float a non-BJP platform at the national level, Telugu Desam supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who had already met leaders of various regional and national parties over the past few weeks, said the first meeting of all like-minded parties will be held in Delhi tentatively on November 22 to discuss and chalk out the future course of action.
Ahead of the meeting, Naidu will meet his West Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee either on November 19 or 20. “I have already met several leaders of na- tional and regional parties and the last one to meet will be Mamata Banerjee ahead of the crucial meeting,” Naidu flanked by AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot, told reporters here on Saturday evening.
The proposed meeting in Delhi will be a platform for all the parties opposing the BJP to come together, he said, adding that they will chalk out a strategy to take the initiative forward after discussing all the issues.
“When the nation, democracy and Constitutional agencies are facing threat due to the attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, being a responsible leader I took the initiative to unite all the non-BJP parties with the ultimate motto of saving the na- tion and democracy for the future generations. I am confident that all responsible political parties and leaders will come together for a broader cause shun- ning all the differences,’’ he asserted.
Naidu made it clear that TDP joined hands with Congress due to democratic compulsion and not as a political compulsion.
Explaining how the Modi government had “misused” institutions like Income Tax, CBI, ED and other agencies for targeting the political opponents, he said demonetisation proved to be a futile exercise as it only caused hardships to people.
Responding to a question on whether they (Naidu and Gehlot) have evolved strategies for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh elections, Naidu denied the same and said, “Our agenda is a broader one. It is a national agenda.’’ He further went on to add that there are some parties which are not partners of the UPA, but they are against the BJP. “Our agenda is to create a broader organisation,’’ he said.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Ghelot calling of CM N Chandrababu Naidu at his residence in Vijayawada on Saturday |