New Delhi: A day after holding successful talks with JDS national president HD Deve Gowda, Telugu Desam Party chief and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to meet DMK President MK Stalin on Friday. The meeting will take place at Stalin’s residence in Chennai, said reports. Notably, the meeting comes a week after TDP chief met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in national capital on November 1 as part of his effort to unify the opposition.
“Naidu will call on our leader to include the DMK in the big alliance against the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” a senior DMK leader told a leading portal.
Earlier on Thursday, Naidu met former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy with an aim to forge an anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“It is our responsibility to join hands together to save and protect this great nation and also save democracy and the Constitution,” he told reporters after meeting the father-son duo. Naidu hinted that the 1996 model of forming the government with Deve Gowda as prime minister with outside support of the Congress, could also be one of the experiments to form the government at the centre.
He had also accused the government of betrayal and of not coming good on its promises of special status to Andhra Pradesh. He said that it did not even implement the Bifurcation Act — the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, under which the state of Telangana came into existence after being carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
The BJP, on the other hand, took a dig at Naidu and ridiculed his drive and the frequent trips to Delhi. “He comes to Delhi for political tourism and photo session. His attempts at forming the ‘mahagathbandhan’ would collapse as soon as he reached Hyderabad,”BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had said.