Naidu meets DMK’s Stalin to build grand alliance against BJP for 2019 polls

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (File Photo: IANS)

Chennai, Nov 9 : Making persistent efforts to mobilise an opposition front against the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu met DMK president MK Stalin in Chennai and urged opposition parties to sink their differences in the interest of the nation and democracy.

“We are all together in bringing parties on one platform. One or two may have differences of opinion. We (TDP) had differences with COngress for 40 years but at the same time now we are working how to bring together all. Democracy is important. It is for people to sink their differences. People are prepared now,” he told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Stalin at his residence.
Naidu’s meeting comes a day after he met his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) and his father HD Deve Gowda, a former prime minister .
“I am in touch with Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal Chief Minister) and would be meeting her soon as part of these efforts,” he said.

He has met leaders of various parties, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other regional leaders, during his last two trips to Delhi.

Recalling his meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi last week in the national capital, he said, “All of us want to join together and save the nation.”

On who will be the face of the opposition grouping against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the TDP chief said,”There are so many leaders. Even Stalinji is better than Modi. We might have differences with Congress. But when you think of nation, national interest is utmost importance. Everybody is joining together on one platform. Today, you are talking of individuals. I am taking of democracy. If democracy survives only then you can elect leaders. If there is no democracy, there is nothing.”

Replying to a question, Naidu said Rahul Gandhi is the Congress President and is the main anchor for the opposition against the BJP and his party has an all India presence.

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