Chandrababu says 'no Mahagathbandhan Without Cong', met with DMK chief Stalin
Updated:  Nov 09, 2018, 11:00 AM
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met with DMK President MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai to mobilise an Opposition front against the BJP-led NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Naidu told reporters after the meeting, Congress was the main anchor against the BJP. A newspaper quoted Naidu in its report, “We are all regional parties…there can be no ‘mahagathbandhan’ without the Congress".
“We are all together in bringing parties on one platform. One or two may have differences of opinion. We (TDP) had differences with the Congress for 40 years but at the same time, we are working on how to bring together all. Democracy is important. It is for people to sink their differences. People are prepared now,” Naidu was quoted by IANS as saying.
Naidu informed that he had a meeting with former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru and the meeting was good. “I am in touch with Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal Chief Minister) and would be meeting her soon as part of these efforts,” he said.
When asked who will be the prime minister be the face of the Opposition grouping against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu said, “There are so many leaders. Even Stalinji is better than Modi. We might have differences with the Congress. But when you think of nation, national interest is of utmost importance. Everybody is joining together on one platform. Today, you are talking of individuals. I am taking of democracy. If democracy survives only then you can elect leaders. If there is no democracy, there is nothing.”
He attacks the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and said democracy was in danger, with institutions such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) being compromised.
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