TDP president Chandrababu Naidu also met National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday met the opposition party leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and discussed forging an anti-BJP platform ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Naidu also met National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Naidu's recent visit to the national capital comes after Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party announced to join hands in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the Congress out.
According to reports, this was the second meeting between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and leaders of other opposition parties in the national capital.
After meeting Naidu, Pawar said, "We discussed about the invitation of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to attend a rally in Kolkata on January 19. We decided to accept her invitation and participate in the rally."
"When we reach Kolkata, there will be every possibility of meeting other party leaders. We have not met them, neither have we discussed with them... But both of us are going sit together and discuss the future course of action. And if there is agreement, then we will chalk out a programme, which we will finalise after the rally," he said.
Naidu said that he expects all opposition leaders to attend the rally in Kolkata where "the future course of action" will be decided.
"Mamtaji has invited. We are all going. I am expecting all leaders to come. There, we will decide the future course of action. On January 19, we will meet and discuss, and if necessary, we will have a meeting in Delhi," he said.
The TDP chief said the coming together of opposition parties was a "democratic compulsion".
"To save the nation, all of us have to join. It's a democratic compulsion. At the same time on the secular front, we are one. There may be some political compulsions in some states. But at the national level, how do we come together... that's what we are working on," Naidu said.
Asked if the Congress was invited to attend the Kolkata rally, he said, "It is not true that there is no invitation to attend the rally."
On the decision to provide 10% quota for the upper caste poor, he questioned the haste shown by the BJP government.
"They should have brought the bill earlier and convinced everyone. Anyway, we are supporting the bill," he said.
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Last Updated 9, Jan 2019, 12:43 PM