Chan­drababu Naidu to Gar­ner Ma­mata Sup­port for Anti-BJP Front

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

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.

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