Telugu Desam Party supremo and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had invited former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda to play key role in the national politics once again. Chandrababu Naidu had met Deve Gowda and Karnataka chief minister Kumara Swamy in Bengaluru on Thursday. The TDP chief had greeted the JDS leadership on their victory in the just concluded by-elections in Karnataka.
Later, Chandrababu Naidu had a prolonged discussion with the two leaders on the need to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party at the national level. He had tried to explain to the JDS leaders the historical and democratic necessity for a grand unity of the non-BJP parties at the national level. He had also explained in detail how he had to align with the Congress to give a positive signal across the country on the need to defeat the BJP and protect the democracy and democratic institutions.
Deve Gowda was the prime minister of the United Front in 1996 in which Chandrababu Naidu was the convener. As there was no majority in the Lok Sabha for Congress or other parties, the UF had claimed the chance and Gowda became the prime minister. He is called as an accidental prime minister of the country. Now, Chandrababu Naidu wanted Gowda to play key and active role once again to defeat the BJP in the next elections.
While it is not known what Deve Gowda had told the TDP chief, the sources say that Chandrababu Naidu is getting ready to visit the neighbouring Tamil Nadu to meet DMK chief Stalin. This meeting might happen in the next two weeks where Chandrababu Naidu wants Stalin to rally against the BJP both in the State and at the national level.
DMK had been a friend of the Congress for several years and Stalin being the new chief after his father Karunanidhi’s death, it is to be seen what role this new generation leader from South would play at the national level. The BJP had been trying to have a truck with the ruling AIADMK and to keep this out of power, DMK’s Stalin would have to seek the support from the non-AIADMK and BJP forces at the national level.