Naidu holds talks with Gehlot on next move

Telugu Deesam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu held more than an hour long discussion with senior Congress leader and Rajasthan former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday. The two leaders have reportedly discussed their next move at the national level in uniting anti-BJP forces across the country.

Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly briefed the Congress leader about his latest visits to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, where he met the non-BJP leaders. In Karnataka, Chandrababu Naidu met Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, former prime minister Deve Gowda and Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy and invited them to play key role in the national particularly to unseat the BJP this time. He had also visited Tamil Nadu, where he met DMK chief M K Stalin and invited him to partner the anti-BJP forces.

Having discussed so, Chandrababu Naidu had also briefed Gehlot about his plans to have a conclave of the non-BJP leaders in Amaravati, the one that was held in 1984 in Vijayawada with late N T Rama Rao heading it. Gehlot, an emissary of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, had reportedly told Chandrababu Naidu that he would get back after due consultations with the AICC president. However, Gehlot had also advised Chandrababu Naidu to visit the national capital once again before making any move on the national opposition conclave in Amaravati. Accordingly, the TDP chief had agreed to visit Rahul Gandhi in the third week of November and take a decision on the national conclave after this visit.

The two leaders have also discussed the party’s alliance in Telangana where both the Congress and the TDP are locked in a minor fight over the seat sharing. There appeared some differences between the two parties on some particular Assembly constituencies. Both Chandrababu Naidu and Gehlot felt the need to take one step backward and compromise on the seats as the larger target is to defeat the BJP.

“Giving up stakes on one or two seats in Telangana or even Andhra Pradesh is not important. The prime task of the alliance is to defeat the BJP at the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to go home,” the two leaders told the media after their meeting.

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