Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu will visit Lucknow on Saturday and meet Samajwati Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, in a bid to cobble up an anti-BJP front. He is also likely to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the national capital.
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Notably, the TDP chief on Friday said 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.
In connection with the matter, the Andhra Pradesh CM met CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Aam Admi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday and discussed with them about the possible tie-up in the post-election scenario.
“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.”
In the meeting with the ECI, the TDP president said that he requested the poll panel to take a serious note of the series of complaints filed by his party including against the repoll ordered in Chandragiri Assembly segment in the Andhra Pradesh and counting of votes in the entire constituency if discrepancy found in VVPAT slips with five mandated Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in any part of the country.
He also spoke over the transfer of the West Bengal home secretary and termed the action as an ‘unnecessary interference’ in the election process by the poll panel, adding, “We don’t want to surrender our powers to the ECI or the Government of India.”
The TDP chief also slammed the ECI for not taking cognisance of the statement made by BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur in which she had hailed Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a ‘deshbhakt’.
“The ECI not taking action against any BJP MPs, Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and Amit Shah (BJP president),” he said while protesting the ‘unfair approach’ of the poll panel.