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TDP leader Naidu met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Thursday met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at his residence in a bid to drum up opposition support to take on the BJP in next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier in the day, Naidu had met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and held talks of building a nationwide alliance against the saffron party.

After meeting Pawar and Abdullah in the afternoon, Naidu had told reporters, “We must protect the future generations. There is a need to chalk out a programme for the future. We must act in the interest of the nation,” as reported by Indian Express.

Abdullah, on the other hand, said the country was going through “difficult times” and emphasised on the need to “save democracy”.
Naidu also met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. However, TDP sources claimed that the duo met “coincidentally” at the airport.

The TDP chief will be holding his first meeting with Rahul Gandhi after severing ties with the NDA, though the two had shared the dais at the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in May.

The meeting between Naidu and Gandhi could be a watershed in the history of TDP, established by Naidu’s father-in-law N T Rama Tao in the early 1980s with the sole purpose of defeating the Congress in undivided Andhra.

He was successful within a year and became the first non-Congress CM of AP in 1983. Now the TDP, under Naidu, is already in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Telangana.

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