Non-BJP parties to meet on Dec 10 : Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu today said that a meeting of non-BJP parties will be held on December 10, in New Delhi, to form a front against the BJP-led NDA. Addressing an election rally along with Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Khammam of Telangana, he said the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Congress and other parties will meet to form the front against the NDA.

Urging all non-BJP parties to join the proposed front, he asked Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and its ally Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) to spell out where they stand. Terming the upcoming meeting as historic, Naidu said the TDP and Congress fought each other for 37 years but have now come together for the sake of the country and democracy.

Naidu, whose party pulled out of NDA in March, said the country suffered under Narendra Modi’s rule. He alleged that democracy was under threat as all institutions like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax, Reserve Bank of India and even governor’s office were undermined.

Stating that demonetization failed to curb black money and ATMs and banks ran out of cash, the TDP chief blamed Modi for this situation. He also slammed Modi for not properly implementing Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said this affected economic growth.

Naidu voiced concern over growing intolerance in the country and said a sense of insecurity was created among Muslims and Dalits. “Political rivals are being raided for speaking against the government.”

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