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Despite the defeat he has faced in the recently concluded Telangana elections Chandrababu Naidu seems to be optimistic about the opportunity to create a coalition of like-minded parties against the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Naidu today met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders to discuss the coalition of parties against BJP. Congress and the TDP had already formed an Alliance to fight the Assembly elections in Telangana but had lost the elections miserably to the ruling party in Telangana.
According to sources, Naidu met Gandhi at his residence in a bid to discuss the fall out between Congress and SP/BSP in the wake of the decision by the latter to keep Congress out in the upcoming elections in UP. According to assessments by SP and BSP the Congress does not hold any sway in U.P so they have decided not to give Congress any room for negotiation and have kept it out of a coalition opportunity. SP and BSP believe that Congress would play the role of a spoiler if it would contest independently. Naidu is hoping to meet SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati to persuade them for a grand alliance. In a previous attempt Naidu had met NCP chief Sharad Pawa, Kejriwal in Delhi and Farooq Abdullah from Kashmir for this mahagathbandhan. With them he discussed plans to unite all the opposition parties on a single platform, he had said that mutual differences are to be kept out among Regional parties to form a coalition against the ruling BJP.
In the future Naidu is expected to meet leaders like Devegowda, Sitaram yechury in a similar attempt. Several opposition leaders are expected to share the stage at a massive rally organised by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 19 January, this has been speculated to be a show of strength of the opposition for the upcoming elections. Addressing the opposition Mamata Banerjee had said that this is a democratic need that all democratic and secular parties need to align and come together in an effort to defeat the BJP. Naidu’s latest move to project himself as a national leader aligning and joining the opposition forces comes in the wake of his blistering attack on PM Modi, who previously in an interaction with BJP leaders and party workers in Andhra Pradesh via video conference had accused Naidu of miserably failing to run the state.