Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his alliance partner Mayawati in Lucknow, hours after he discussed firming up a non-BJP front with Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the national capital. He also met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief's efforts come ahead of a mega meet of opposition leaders on May 23, hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, to prepare for the possibility of a less than decisive verdict.
Mr Naidu, 69, met CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday and discussed with them the possibility of a tie-up in the post-results scenario.
It is a pleasure to welcome Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri N Chandrababu Naidu Ji to Lucknow pic.twitter.com/B2SKJlG5PK— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 18, 2019
"We welcome not only the TRS but any party which is against the BJP. We are welcoming all such parties to be a part of our grand alliance," Mr Naidu had said on Friday, when asked about whether the Congress-led alliance will join hands with Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao.
K Chandrashekar Rao, a bitter rival of Mr Naidu, has been busy with his own mission, to try and organise a non-Congress, non-BJP front. He also met with DMK President MK Stalin, who has openly endorsed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for prime minister.
Mr Naidu also met the Election Commission on Friday and accused it of being pro-government and demanded action against the BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for remarks glorifying Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.
Earlier this month, Chandrababu Naidu met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her state and attended two rallies with her.
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