Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is planning a massive rally of Opposition parties in Amaravati. Chandrababu Naidu had attended a similar rally held at Kolkata on January 19 organised by West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Benerji. The rally was a big hit with several parties attending and pledging to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Now, Chandrababu Naidu, who had been holding Dharma Porata Deeksha across the State against the BJP and the Prime Minister is planning have it in Amaravati, the new capital of the State. This time, he wants to have the presence of the non-BJP leaders at the meeting. The TDP is friendly with the Congress, Janata Dal (Secular), the DMK, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress, National Conference, Rastreeya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which are close with the Congress.
Chandrababu Naidu, as a measure of displaying his power in the national politics, is planning to have the top leaders of these parties in his home turf. Though Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BSP president Mayawati did not attend the Kolkata rally, the TDP chief wants these two leaders too to be present in Amaravati, to show that he is a strong force to reckon with. Chandrababu Naidu is seriously working to prove himself as better leader than Narendra Modi. The issues have gone very personal between Chandrababu Naidu and Narendra Modi and the ego plays greater role.
The TDP chief is planning to visit the national capital on January 23, where he is likely to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati, besides others and invite them for the Amaravati rally. He is planning to decide on the date only after due consultation with the Congress chief, the sources said.
The TDP chief is also looking for some more regional and smaller parties from across the country to be present in Amaravati. He wants the Amaravati meet a bigger one than the Kolkata meet and thus can have his word prevailed over the other leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Mamatha Benerji, Sharad Pawar and Mayawati, as the others are already smaller parties or the leaders are younger to him.