New Delhi: Busy trying to ensure that the Opposition stays together and ready for May 23, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met Congress president Rahul Gandhi again on Sunday.
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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief’s incessant efforts to cobble up a firm Opposition in case May 23 throws a fractured mandate have renewed with full vigour as the result day draws near.
Naidu’s meeting with Rahul comes a day after he met Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati in Lucknow.
He held talks with Akhilesh Yadav for about 70 minutes at the Samajwadi Party office.
Akhilesh Yadav later tweeted: “It is a pleasure to welcome Hon’ble chief minister Shri Chandrababu Naidu ji to Lucknow.”
Later Naidu went to Mayawati’s Mall Avenue residence. Senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra was also present there.
Mayawati greeted him with a bouquet while he gifted her box of mangoes. He had also gifted mangoes to Akhilesh Yadav.
His meeting with Mayawati also continued for over an hour.
In his meetings held separately with the two leaders, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is believed to have impressed upon the two leaders the need to keep the BJP out of power, if it did not get a majority on its own.
Sources said that he convinced both the leaders that their stature and respect would not be compromised in the proposed front.
Naidu had arrived in Lucknow after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi earlier on Saturday.
He had met CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday and had discussed with them the possibility of a tie-up in the post-result scenario.
Naidu’s efforts come ahead of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s proposed meeting of opposition leaders on May 23, the invitations for which have already been sent out.
With inputs from IANS