Chandrababu Naidu to Garner Mamata Support for Anti-BJP Front
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu met his West Bengal counterpart and All India Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee last fortnight to discuss the possibility of an alliance that will take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Naidu is trying to build an anti-BJP alliance of regional parties along with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A few weeks ago, he met other regional leaders and Congress president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the same.
Earlier, Naidu had met senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot to discuss the same. The TDP supremo surprised everyone by announced his willingness to join Congress to take on the BJP in 2019. A TDP leader, who did not want to be identified, said while most regional parties might be convinced to join Naidu’s anti-BJP coalition, getting BSP on board might not be easy, given that the Congress is also in the opposition alliance.