Amaravati: A day before the commencement of the winter session of Parliament, the non-BJP parties will meet on December 10 in Delhi to discuss formation of a grand alliance against the BJP-led NDA front in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has started interacting afresh with Opposition leaders with whom he had discussed the issue earlier but kept the attempts on hold as they were busy with Assembly elections in five states. Now that the elections are over, Naidu has begun preparations to get all the anti-BJP parties under one platform a day before the counting of votes takes place on December 11.  The meeting to decide on the alliance and the broad issues on which they should fight elections was originally scheduled on November 22 at Delhi.

According to sources, Naidu spoke to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and leaders of the non-BJP parties on phone and discussed the issues that should be taken up at the meeting. He also discussed the exit poll results of the five states and hoped that the results will act as a stimulus for evolving a strong anti-NDA alliance.

Chandrababu Naidu has personally met leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Bahujan Samajwadi Party president Mayawati, Delhi CM and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)’s Sharad Pawar, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, former PM and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda, his son and Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, DMK president and Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin and Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

If the Congress-led People's Front wins the election in Telangana, it would help in elevating the stature of Chandrababu Naidu as he campaigned intensely for the People’s Front and helped the Congress finetune its strategies for capturing power in Telangana. In fact, he became more visible in the campaign than most state Congress leaders.

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