For anti-BJP front, Naidu meets Stalin, calls Congress main Opposition party

For anti-BJP front, Naidu meets Stalin, calls Congress main Opposition party


Chandrababu Naidu said he wants to work with the Congress to defeat the BJP and protect the nation.

Chandrababu Naidu

MK Stalin (R) has promised to support Chandrababu Naidu (middle) in his efforts to create an anti-BJP front. (Photo: Twitter/MKStalin)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Congress is a pan-India party, we are regional leaders, Naidu said
  • I am only a facilitator of this alliance: Naidu
  • Regional leaders should come together against BJP: Stalin

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday (November 9) called the Congress “the main Opposition party” of the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) front and said that he wants to work with the Congress to defeat the BJP and protect the nation.

“Congress is the main Opposition party. They have a pan-India base. We are regional leaders — Mamata Banerjee is strong in West Bengal, MK Stalin is strong in Tamil Nadu. We have had differences with the Congress in the past 40 years but we have joined hands because saving the nation and democracy is important,” said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Naidu after meeting with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Stalin in Chennai.

“Has the NDA government done anything for Tamil Nadu? Even Stalin is better than Modi. We have a good relationship with the DMK,” said Naidu.

Talking about his initiative to bring regional parties together against the BJP, Naidu said he does not wish to be the face of the united front.

“I am only bringing them [Opposition parties] on one platform. They will decide how to take it forward. I am not the face of this alliance. I am only a facilitator,” he said.

Meanwhile, Stalin also promised to support Chandrababu Naidu in his efforts to create an anti-BJP front.

“Regional leaders across India should immediately come together to oust the BJP from power. Anti-national, anti-secular BJP rule needs to stop and Naidu has taken the efforts towards that. When Naidu met Rahul Gandhi, I welcomed and supported it. Leaders from all states should unite against the BJP at Centre,” said Stalin. “I have promised complete support to Naidu,” he added.

Naidu, on Thursday also held talks with former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy. Earlier this year, the TDP accused the BJP of breaking its promise over financial support for Andhra Pradesh and exited from Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre. The BJP, in turn, had termed the break up by the TDP a case of political opportunism and pulled out its ministers from Andhra Pradesh government.

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