New Delhi: Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu will be in the national capital on Thursday to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The Andhra Pradesh CM has already finalised a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Telangana elections with the Congress. Reports pointed out how the TDP and the Congress have been traditional rivals but were now bonding to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). (Also read: Everything Has Collapsed Under the BJP-led Regime, Says Chandrababu) Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
Naidu will also meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), most likely to discuss a grand alliance for 2019. Naidu has already met Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and had a telephonic conversation with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Also Read - Full lockdown Is The Only Way to Stop Corona Now, Govt Doesn't Get It: Rahul Gandhi
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Janata Dal (Secular) national president HD Deve Gowda have been positive about a front against the BJP. Naidu had been an NDA ally and supported Narendra Modi as PM but earlier this year, he walked out of the coalition over the special category status for his state. He has been extremely vocal in his criticism of the Modi government. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut's Male Version! Ranvir Shorey Gives Back To Trolls Who Try To Roast Him Over His 'Rahul Gandhi' Tweet
In his earlier visit, Naidu had claimed that since the TDP quit the NDA, the central government is neglecting Andhra Pradesh more and is not releasing funds for development as promised under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
Later, in an interview to PTI, Naidu said an opposition alternative to the BJP-led NDA will emerge “automatically” even without its prime ministerial face being declared for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He also offered to play a “pivotal” role to bring all the Opposition parties together to forge a united front. “An alternative (front) will emerge automatically. People are angry with the Modi government and they will choose an alternative,” Naidu, 68, told PTI. Naidu also felt non-selection of a prime ministerial candidate by an opposition front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will not hurt its prospects. “I do not visualise any problem if the PM candidate of the opposition front is not decided before the polls,” he said.