Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu join hands, say aim is to defeat BJP

The meeting comes amid seat-sharing talks between the two parties for the Assembly elections.

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Telugu Desam Party​ (TDP) supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to unite the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 next year, on Thursday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Speaking to the media after the meeting, the two leaders said their prime aim is to defeat the BJP in the next year’s general elections.

“We had a very good meeting, the gist was that we have to defend democracy and future of the country. So we are coming together to work, all Opposition forces must unite,” Rahul Gandhi said after meeting Chandrababu Naidu.

“We have to defend the democracy of this country, the institutions and the future of this country. We will talk about the present and look into the future, we will not talk about the past,” Rahul Gandhi said at the press conference.

“We will meet on a common platform and chalk out strategies,” he said. Responding to a question, he said, “You are interested in candidates, we are interested in the nation.”

Naidu’s meeting with Gandhi comes amid seat-sharing talks between the two parties for the December 7 Assembly elections in Telangana.

Earlier in the day, Naidu met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah here.

Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed about the need to bring all non-BJP political parties together.

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