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Anti-BJP front: TDP supremo Naidu meets Rahul Gandhi, Pawar and Farooq Abdullah

According to TDP sources, Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed the need to bring all non-BJP political parties together

New Delhi: TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in his bid to unite the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year, on Thursday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in the national capital.

Naidu and Gandhi are believed to have held discussions for an alliance for the 7 December Assembly elections in Telangana.

The two parties are engaged in seat-sharing talks for the Assembly elections, and during the meeting, the leaders also discussed the Lok Sabha polls next year.

Earlier today, Naidu met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in the national capital.

According to TDP sources, Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed the need to bring all non-BJP political parties together.

This is his second visit to New Delhi in less than a week. Last week, Naidu had said that “political compulsions” will force non-BJP parties to come together to form a third front against the BJP.

Naidu, a former BJP ally who quit the NDA early this year over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, met BSP chief Mayawati, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha here in the national capital on 27 October.

The TDP chief is playing the role of a “facilitator” to bring together all opposition parties to stop the BJP juggernaut in the 2019 general elections, a party leader said.

So far, Naidu has kept his cards close to his chest on seeking the support of the Congress to forge a united front ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

He had earlier said that his party would play a pivotal role in the 2019 polls and that regional parties would form government at the Centre, though he had ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race.

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