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Naidu meets Rahul, discusses anti-BJP front

Tags : Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party , Rahul Gandhi , Sharad Pawar, Congress , Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party

Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and discussed firming up an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front to keep the saffron party out of power after poll results are declared.

Before meeting the Congress chief, Naidu, who is spearheading an effort to cobble up an anti-BJP front, met Communist Party of India leaders Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja.

He is scheduled to meet Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav in the national capital later in the day.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister is also scheduled to meet Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow in the evening.

In an hour-long meeting with Gandhi, sources said, Naidu discussed the impending need to bring together all parties which are against the BJP after the Lok Sabha election results are declared on May 23.

Sources said Naidu also told Gandhi to have a strategy ready in case the BJP falls short of numbers and still stakes claim to form the government.

Naidu is also in touch with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee over the phone on this issue, the sources added.

On Friday, Naidu had said that not only the Telangana Rashtra Samiti but any outfit which is against the saffron party are welcome to join a grand alliance after the election results are declared.

He had also met Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury on the matter