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Anti-BJP Front: Andhra CM Naidu meets Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar in Delhi

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides holding consultations for the second time with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury as part of his pursuit to form an alternative to the NDA government.

Naidu met Gandhi on Sunday evening for about 45 minutes but it was not clear what exactly transpired between the two leaders. Earlier in the day, he met Pawar and Yechury for the second time since Saturday.

On Saturday, Naidu met Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Yechury, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, and CPI leaders Sudhakar Reddy and Secretary D Raja before flying to Lucknow to meet Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati.

These meetings are a part of Naidu’s continued outreach to the opposition party leaders to firm up a non-BJP front. The TDP has already declared its support to Congress and Naidu is even ready to play the anchor for a non-BJP alliance led by the Congress.

On Friday, he had said that all parties, including rival K. Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), were welcome to join the non-BJP Mahagathbandhan (grand-alliance). However, he has conveyed to the Congress that he is strongly against the party extending an invite to his rival YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy.

According to the TDP sources, Naidu, who went back to Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening, is expected to come back to Delhi again on Monday evening. He may hold a press conference on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to stitch up an anti-BJP front at the Centre, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has invited political heavyweights for a meeting on May 23.

Both, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSRCP are expected to skip the meeting and will wait for a clear picture to emerge after the Lok Sabha battle before responding to her invitation. Though both the parties have officially denied receiving invitations for the May 23 meeting, they appear to be adopting a wait and watch approach before deciding their next strategy.

Article source: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/anti-bjp-front-andhra-cm-naidu-meets-sonia-gandhi-sharad-pawar-delhi-102048

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