Putting aside the basic political philosophy of `oppositin to Congress’, when the Telugu Desam Party was founded by his father-in-law N T Rama Rao in 1983, its president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and resolved to work together against BJP. This is the first time that a top leader of TDP meeting Congress chief, in the history of the party.
After over seven months of quitting BJP-led NDA, Chandrababu Naidu today met Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in the national capital in his bid to unite the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year. The parties will work to ensure that the attack on democratic institutions stops, Rahul Gandhi said after meeting Naidu. He also said that opposition parties will work together on most important issues, including unemployment and corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal.
“It is very clear that corruption is taking place. Institutions that can investigate are being attacked… A proper inquiry on what all happened, where the money went and who did corruption… That is what I am pushing very aggressively. Nation wants to know this,” the Congress president said. “We had a very good meeting, the gist was that we have to defend democracy and future of the country. So we are coming together to work, all opposition forces must unite,” he added.
Naidu also echoed Gandhi’s statement saying that “they are coming together to save the nation”. “We are coming together, to save the nation. We have to forget the past, now it is a democratic compulsion to unite. All opposition needs to be one,” said Naidu. Naidu and Gandhi’s statements dropped big hint towards the two leaders joining hands for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The TDP and the Congress are already have decided to go hands-in-hands for the Telangana Assembly elections.
Earlier, today, Naidu met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in the national capital. Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed about the need to bring all non-BJP political parties together.