Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday met in New Delhi to prepare roadmap for 2019 Lok Sabha elections and announced to join hands with each other in the fight against the ruling BJP. “We have decided to put the past behind. The idea is to defeat the BJP,” Rahul Gandhi said, addressing reporters jointly with Chandrababu Naidu.
Rahul Gandhi stated that “We have a past. Both of us agreed that we are not going to talk about our past and talk about our future”.
Naidu is collaborating with the Congress for the coming assembly elections in Telangana and likely for Lok Sabha elections 2019. Earlier on Thursday, Chandrababu Naidu met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah over forming a grand alliance and stated that
“Farooq Abdullah suggested that the, we three (Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah & Chandrababu Naidu) of us come together. We, as senior leaders feel really bad seeing the state the country is in today”.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Chandrababu Naidu was a part of NDA and parted his ways from Modi’s cabinet after receiving a denial on demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.