Anti-BJP Front: Mamata Asks Naidu To Lead

After ousting BJP in Karnataka, Opposition parties have shown up a great strength at the swearing-in of Kumaraswamy. In fact, this is the largest opposition force after 1996. Amdist this, Opposition parties are making quick moves in order to take on Modi juggernaut in 2019.

As part of it, key leader Mamata Banerjee said to have asked Chandrababu Naidu to lead the front. On the sidelines of Kumaraswamy's swearing-in, Mamata met Naidu and interacted with him. She said to have asked him to lead the Opposition as he is the most senior leader in handling the fronts and coalitions with vast experience. Mamata reportedly raised the issue of the 15th Finance Commission which would hamper the prospects of the states. She stressed the need for the unity of regional parties for the development of states pointing at the cooperative federalism.

While Rahul met Naidu informally and just shook hands as a gesture, Naidu also met CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Naidu and Yechury had good conversation and Sitaram reportedly opined the need for the unity of all secular democratic forces for which Naidu too agreed.

Meanwhile, TDP's senior leaders like Yanamala Ramakrishnudu have denied any patch up with Congress and reiterated the party's stand to stay at equal distance from both the national parties - Congress and BJP. Yanamala said TDP stands only for the development of Andhra Pradesh and wouldn't engage in politics unless they're needed for the state. Another senior leader from TDP and close aide of Naidu and former Union Minister Sujana Chowdary commented that this is the beginning of the fall of BJP and restoration of democracy.

Besides CPM, CPI leaders Raja and Suravaram also interacted with Chandrababu at the swearing-in and expressed their wish to work as force. Looks like, Naidu is going to get busy in National Politics once again.

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