Anti-BJP par­ties will meet in Delhi on Nov 22

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

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.

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For­mer Ra­jasthan Chief Min­is­ter Ashok Gh­elot call­ing of CM N Chan­drababu Naidu at his res­i­dence in Vijayawada on Satur­day |

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