Bringing Congress, SP and BSP on one platform in UP tops agenda
Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president Chandrabbu Naidu will fly to Delhi on Tuesday to meet a host of national and regional parties’ leaders. Mr. Naidu has chalked out “big plans” for this trip.
Bringing the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) together in Uttar Pradesh tops his agenda.
Mr. Naidu, who has been trying to bring all non-BJP parties on one platform, is of the view that “isolating the Congress” in Uttar Pradesh would benefit the BJP in the approaching general elections. He is of the view that a triangular contest among the SP-BSP, the Congress and the BJP would “spoil the attempts” to oust the BJP from power at the Centre given the fact that Uttar Pradesh had the maximum number of Lok Sabha constituencies. He is likely to discuss the possible fall out of the ‘alliance sans Congress’ with the SP and the BSP leaders threadbare. Other issues likely to be discussed are the I-T, CBI and ED raids on political leaders and people related to the Opposition leaders and methods to take on the BJP, sources say.
Mr. Naidu has plans to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, BSP leader Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sarad Pawar, AAP leader Aravind Kejriwal and others. He would also address the TDP Parliamentary Party meeting at the AP Bhavan.