Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today met former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy, at Deve Gowda’s residence in Bengaluru, as part of his efforts to set stage for the revival of a united front against the BJP, ahead of 2019 polls, at national level. Three of them asserted the need to defeat BJP in the forthcoming poll and decided to move ahead in their efforts to build up a strong forum of non-BJP parties.
Naidu expressed confidence that the mood of the nation was against the BJP-led NDA and soon an alliance would be formed with various regional parties. However, he said the initial steps for the formation of the alliance were yet to be finalised. Once the modalities were fixed, programmes would be chalked out later, he added.
Accusing that under the NDA government, all autonomous institutions like CBI and RBI have been destroyed, the TDP supremo said that NDA government’s policies like demonetisation have thrown the country’s economy into a crisis. He said that the opposition parties will work together to “save” Indian democracy. It is the responsibility of the opposition parties to join hands and save the democracy, he added.
He had already spoken to Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdulla, besides Congres chief Rahul Gandhi. He will be meeting DMK chief MK Stalin in Chennai on Friday. “We will decide how to take forward the alliance with consensus. It is an initial exercise. After that we will work together,” he said.
Both Deve Gowda and Naidu made it clear that being a major opposition party, the Congress has to play prominent role in the new front. However, he ducked questions on their prime ministerial candidate. Deve Gowda has appreciated that Chandrababu Naidu has taken the lead and met several leaders to consolidate all secular parties to remove NDA government in 2019.
Referring to the crisis in the CBI and the Centre’s stand-off with the RBI, Gowda said “The NDA, under the leadership of PM Modi, has created so many problems including destabilising constitutionally created institutions. Now, it is the responsibility of all secular parties including Congress to come together to replace NDA government.”