On Alliance Mission: Chandrababu Naidu to Meet Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata

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Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee during a press brief. — File photo

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KOLKATA — A day after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee here on Monday afternoon.

Naidu is on an active mission of forging post-poll alliance of non-BJP parties at the centre to keep saffron brigade out of power.

On Saturday, he had met Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President will meet Banerjee at the state Secretariat Nabanna in a bid to strengthen the post-poll equations among the opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 election results on May 23.

“Both the leaders will hold talks on the strategies of the ‘mahagatbandhan‘ (grand alliance),” news agency PTI quoted a highly placed source as saying.

During his interaction with Banerjee, Naidu is expected to brief her about his meetings with all political leaders in New Delhi over the weekend, a source said.

The exit polls on Sunday have predicted 302 of 543 seats for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and 122 seats for the Congress and its allies have predicted that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) will storm to power in Andhra Pradesh with 110-130 seats.

The Telugu Desam Party chief has dismissed exit polls prediction saying that they have “failed to catch the People’s pulse”. “Exit polls have proved to be incorrect and far from ground reality in many instances. While undoubtedly TDP govt will be formed in AP, we are confident that non-BJP parties will form a non-BJP govt at the center,” Mr Naidu tweeted.

Mamata Banerjee also stands on her stand that that the country’s next government will not be headed by the BJP. In a tweet she rejected “Exit-poll Gossip”.

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