Opposition likely to meet on May 21 ahead of poll results

 The opposition parties are likely to meet on May 21 in New Delhi, two days ahead of Lok Sabha poll results, to chalk out a post-poll alliance strategy. This proposal was cropped up during a brief meeting today held between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, at later’s residence.

Chandrababu Naidu met Rahul Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to participate in Trinamool Congress poll campaign. In a brief meeting, the TDP chief is believed to have discussed the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue, the voting percentage in the recently held five-phase polling besides the Andhra Assembly election developments..

Sources also said Naidu and Gandhi also discussed the post-poll scenario and more or less agreed to call a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21. According to reports, their meeting aimed at deciding the plan of action, in case the May 23 results throw a fractured mandate.

It is believed that the Opposition meet tentatively scheduled for May 21 will chart out the strategy to approach the President in view of an unclear majority and stake claim to form a government first. The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases. So far, polling in five phases are over and the counting of votes will be on May 23.


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