New Delhi: Ahead of his visit to Lucknow where he is expected to meet BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a bid to cobble up an anti-BJP front. He is scheduled to meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and LJD leader Sharad Yadav in the national capital later in the day.
In an hour-long meeting with Gandhi, Naidu reportedly discussed the impending need to bring together all parties which are against the BJP after the Lok Sabha election results are declared on May 23. Sources said Naidu also told Gandhi to have a strategy ready in case the BJP falls short of numbers and still stakes claim to form the government.
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A party source said that Naidu will leave from Delhi to Lucknow around 2.45 PM and will the meet the two leaders (Mayawati and Akhilesh) after attending a programme in the state capital around 3.45 PM. He will return to Andhra Pradesh on a special aircraft around 7 PM in evening.
Earlier on Friday, the TDP chief had met CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Aam Admi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal. He had asserted not only the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) but any outfit which is against the saffron party are welcome to join a grand alliance after the election results are declared.
“We welcome not only the TRS but any party which is against the BJP. We are welcoming all such parties to be a part of our grand alliance,” Naidu told reporters after meeting the Election Commission of India (ECI) earlier in the day.
Responding to a query if a Congress-led grand alliance will join hands with the TRS, after the election results are declared, he said, “I am meeting everybody. Will chalk out a plan after discussing with all leaders.”