Naidu mo­bilises JDS, DMK for Op­po­si­tion unity rally in Kolkata

A rally is be­ing planned in mid-Jan­uary in Kolkata where Ben­gal CM Ma­mata Baner­jee would start LS poll cam­paign.

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on Thurs­day. Naidu also ex­plained DMK lead­ers of his de­ci­sion to go with Con­gress in the Te­lan­gana Assem­bly elec­tions and to join Con­gress-led Op­po­si­tion par­ties at the na­tional level. Naidu and Stalin have agreed to fight the BJP gov­ern­ment in the next elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the TDP lead­ers who were on the trip, Naidu and Stalin have re­solved to en­sure that the BJP is not re­turned to power af­ter the next elec­tions and a non-BJP gov­ern­ment is in­stalled in Delhi with the sup­port of Con­gress. Stalin, too, felt that the BJP was run­ning a re­mote con­trol on the AIADMK gov­ern­ment in Tamil Nadu, since the death of Jay­alalithaa.

Both Naidu and Stalin told me­dia per­sons af­ter their meet­ing that their op­po­si­tion to the BJP gov­ern­ment was pri­mar­ily based on the ap­par­ent mis­use of con­sti­tu­tional in­sti­tu­tions like the CBI, In­come Tax, En­force­ment Direc­torate and Re­serve Bank of In­dia to tar­get po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. Stalin had said that the is­sue of lead­er­ship of this pro­posed front would be de­cided later by all par­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Stalin told Naidu that DMK was in a bet­ter po­si­tion to fight the LS elec­tions next sum­mer and felt that the EC might hold by­elec­tions to the Assem­bly seats va­cated by T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran’s fac­tion along with those of the LS. As the threat of re­bel­lion from for­mer Union min­is­ter and late Karunanidhi’s son Ala­giri had sub­sided, DMK would win a ma­jor­ity seats, said sources.

Naidu on Thurs­day went to Ben­galuru and held dis­cus- sions with JDS lead­ers Deve Gowda and Ku­maraswamy on the same is­sue. Naidu took along with him a del­e­ga­tion of TDP lead­ers from Te­lan­gana to Ban­ga­lore. Naidu con­grat­u­lated Gowda and Ku­maraswamy on the JDS-Con­gress com­bine’s vic­tory in the Kar­nataka by­elec­tions, re­sults of which were de­clared a day be­fore.

In­ter­est­ingly, Naidu claimed credit for the Con­gress wrest­ing the Bel­lary Lok Sabha seat from BJP by a huge mar­gin in the by­polls. Naidu told the JDS lead­ers that his party’s de­ci­sion to fight against the BJP at the Cen­tre had to do with the de­feat of the party in Bel­lary, which was a bas­tion of the Reddy broth­ers till re­cently. Naidu told the JDS lead­ers that the fall­ing graph of BJP in Kar­nataka would con­tinue in Lok Sabha elec­tions too.

Ac­cord­ing to TDP lead­ers who were present in Ban­ga­lore, Naidu told Gowda and Ku­maraswamy that they should strive to recre­ate a po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion like in 1996-97 when Gowda be­came the PM un­der the United Front. This way, Naidu in­di­rectly sug­gested that for­mer PM should be ready to take up the job once again, if nec­es­sary.

Naidu in­vited Ku­maraswamy to cam­paign for the Con­gress-led Maha Ku­tami, of which TDP, too, was a con­stituent in Te­lan­gana for the 7 De­cem­ber Assem­bly elec­tions. Ku­maraswamy is ex­pected to ad­dress a few meet­ings in Hy­der­abad and other ad­join­ing ar­eas where Kan­nada speak­ing peo­ple are there in large num­bers. Gowda and Ku­maraswamy had agreed to be present at the Op­po­si­tion rally in Kolkata.

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