Telugu Desam Party leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to unite the opposition parties against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, on Thursday met his Karnataka counterpart and Janata Dal (S) chief H D Kumaraswamy and his father and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda in Bengaluru
Talking to reporters later, Naidu said the mood in the nation was against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, reflecting the view expressed by Deve Gowda after the Congress-JD(S) alliance trounced the BJP in the three Lok Sabha and two Assembly by-elections in the State.
Naidu said steps for forming a national front against the BJP were at the initial stage. “I have already spoken to Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati and tomorrow I will be meeting (DMK president) Stalin”.
Naidu has also met Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah..
Deve Gowda had said that for any such secular front to succeed, it had to include the Congress. Naidu also said Congress was the main opposition and it “will be the main anchor”.
He said efforts would be towards taking forward the alliance on the basis of consensus.
Kumaraswamy said 2019 would see a repeat of 1996 when the opposition parties came together to form the United Front Government at the Centre in which Deve Gowda was Prime Minister.