Naidu hints at big con­clave in Delhi

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Staff Re­porter

Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu on Satur­day said the time was ripe for anti-BJP forces to come to­gether un­der the aegis of the Congress to save democ­racy.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with se­nior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot in Am­ra­vati, he said it has been pro­posed to hold a larger con­clave in New Delhi on Novem­ber 22.

Mr. Naidu said he had met most lead­ers of like-minded par­ties and had con­vinced them to sink their dif­fer­ences for the com­mon cause of fight­ing the BJP.

He would be soon call­ing on West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Mamata Baner­jee as part of his ef­forts to take the ini­tia­tive for­ward.

Many par­ties felt the need to mount an of­fen­sive against the BJP, but some might not be in a po­si­tion to take a sim­i­lar stand due to their com­pul­sions, Mr. Naidu ob­served, and sug­gested to the dis­grun­tled con­stituents of NDA to re­alise the con­se­quences of stick­ing to the BJP-led coali­tion.

Also ad­dress­ing the press, Mr. Gehlot said four-and-ahalf years of Mr. Modi’s rule had left the econ­omy in tat­ters and de­stroyed the sec­u­lar fab­ric.

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