The Co-ordinator Mr. Chandrababu Naidu meets ‘Guide’ Mr.Deve Gowda. Amid a cheering crowd contained in a file behind police barricades outside his residence, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda welcomed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 8th November 2018.
The two leaders, in the presence of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, discussed the need to bring all non-BJP parties on board in the run-up to the 2019 elections in an hour-long meeting at Gowda’s residence.
The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to opposition unity as the bypolls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
However Gowda and Naidu seem to be at odds over the Prime Ministerial candidate. While Mr. Gowda has been batting for a `mahagathbandan’ led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Chandra Babu Naidu parried questions on who would lead if an alliance becomes a reality, saying he was only interested in saving the nation and PM candidate will be decided later.
Deve Gowda said the meeting was called to work out further strategy on forming the alliance. He attacked the Narendra Modi government for destabilizing constitutional institutions like the CBI and RBI and urged “like-minded” to join hands for the elections.
Naidu had last week met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, putting aside the decades-old rivalry between the two parties in what he described was a “democratic compulsion” to defeat the BJP. He also recently met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP Leader Mayawathi among others on the formation of a ‘third front’. According to Mr. Naidu the talks have been ‘very positive’.