Naidu to meet Mamata at Nabanna today
Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will hold a meeting with his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday, to discuss issues related to the formation of an anti-BJP alliance with an aim "to oust BJP" from power in the forthcoming general elections.
Sources said that the meeting is scheduled to be held at 4 pm at the state Secretariat and now, the entire country's attention is towards the meeting between the supremos of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Trinamool Congress.
The meeting of the two Chief Ministers is going to take place soon after both their governments have withdrawn the "general consent" to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) barring the Central agency to carry out raids or probes in the states without permission. The Mamata Banerjee government followed suit and withdrew the "general consent" on Friday, following the same move of the Andhra Pradesh government.
According to the political experts, Monday's dialogue between the two senior leaders is going to be one of the most crucial ones in the backdrop of the forthcoming November 22 meeting of anti-BJP parties called by TDP in Delhi.
It may be recalled that the Trinamool Congress supremo had given a clarion call "to oust BJP to save the country" from the dais of the July 21 Martyrs' Day rally. She had also urged for a "one-to-one" fight to ensure defeat of BJP. To ensure the same, Trinamool Congress will be holding a mammoth rally at Brigade Parade Grounds on January 19 in 2019, where leaders of the Third Front or Federal Front will be invited to address the gathering.
Banerjee, who has been constantly raising her voice against the "anti-people" moves of the BJP government at the Centre, has already held meetings with top leaders of the Opposition parties.
It was March 19 when Banerjee held discussions with her counterpart from Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao, regarding formation of a Third Front comprising anti-BJP parties.
The meeting was held at Nabanna and it had marked the beginning of the formation of a "Federal Front" to bring a "qualitative change in the country's politics".
Banerjee also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and leaders of other regional political parties.
It may be mentioned that Naidu has also met leaders of different regional political parties and also had discussions with senior Congress leaders in recent times.