Chandrababu Naidu meets Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah to discuss alliance

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New Delhi: Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Cheif Minister Chandrababu Naidu met the leaders of National Conference, Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, in an attempt to unite the opposition and form a grand alliance against the NDA for the upcoming polls in 2019.

Chandrababu Naidu pulled out of the NDA alliance after Andhra was refused the special status tag and has embarked on a course to make a pan-Indian alliance with other parties. The Andhra Pradesh CM who finalized a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Telangana elections with the Congress during his last visit to the national capital said that no front is possible without a national party.

He had already made a place for himself in coalition politics on the national stage two decades ago as he twice was the convener of the grand opposition alliance – in 1995 and in 1998. Simultaneously, he has hinted he has no problem with being a part of a national alliance with the Congress, saying there could not be one without there being one national party in the mix. The stance has surprised observers as the Congress was seen as the villain behind the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Farooq Abdullah stressed upon the need to bridge the religious and economic polarization within the country. He mentioned the need to uplift everyone together and allow growth for all. “The Chief Minister came today. He was trying to see if diversity can be saved, and unite India in its diversity”, he added.

Naidu “coincidentally” met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, hours before he is set to meet Rahul Gandhi.