Af­ter Naidu meet, Stalin says par­ties should unite against anti-peo­ple BJP

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

JOIN­ING hands against the BJP is cru­cial to save the na­tion and democ­racy, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu, said here on Fri­day af­ter meet­ing the DMK pres­i­dent MK Stalin at the lat­ter’’s res­i­dence.

“If there is no democ­racy, there can be no po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” Naidu said while stress­ing that the de­feat of BJP is im­por­tant to save democ­racy and var­i­ous in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try like RBI, ju­di­ciary and CBI. Naidu has been tour­ing the coun­try re­cently and meet­ing lead­ers of var­i­ous re­gional and na­tional par­ties to form a rain­bow al­liance against the BJP as only a few months are left for the Lok Sabha polls.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Stalin also crit­i­cised the BJP-led union govern­ment. “The anti-peo­ple, an­tidemo­cratic BJP-led union govern­ment should be un­seated. I ex­tend my whole-hearted sup­port (for Naidu’’s ef­forts in forg­ing an anti-BJP al­laince) on be­half of DMK,” he said.

Stalin said it has been de­cided to have a meet­ing of all the like­minded par­ties from across the coun­try and it may be held ei­ther in New Delhi or some other city. “I have al­ready made a re­quest to all (non-BJP) Chief Min­is­ters and lead­ers in the coun­try to work to­gether to un­seat the BJP, which is keen on snatch­ing away the au­ton­omy of the State gov­ern­ments,” Stalin said.

Naidu also ex­pressed con­cern over au­ton­omy of the State gov­ern­ments. When queried about who would lead the al­liance, Naidu said there were many ca­pa­ble lead­ers and pointed out that many of the re­gional par­ties are strong in their re­gions. DMK lead­ers Du­rai Mu­ru­gan, TR Baalu, A Raja and M Kan­i­mozhi were present. Ear­lier in April, when Te­lan­gana CM KC Chan­drashekar Rao was said to be seek­ing a meet­ing with Stalin, in his ef­forts to stitch an non-BJP & non-Con­gress al­liance, he did not get much sup­port from DMK.

P JAWAHAR

Andhra Pradesh CM Chan­drababu Naidu meets MK Stalin at his res­i­dence in Chen­nai on Fri­day |

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