As Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is pushing for the formation of an anti-BJP coalition for Lok Sabha polls in 2019, he said that he would meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on December 19, 2018, to convince her to join the broad coalition of opposition parties against the BJP. Interestingly, Naidu has been seeking Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee's support for the alliance and emphasized her role in forming the same.
After Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met with CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury with the agenda of a United Front against the NDA for the 2019 polls, the Left party chief assured a coalition like that of 2004 will take place where it will happen post elections and will happen in the states.
"In 2004, UPA was created after the polls, the coalition was formed in the states. The same will happen in 2019, the coalition will happen in states after the polls, gatbhandhan will happen in the states," he said.
Earlier, DMK chief MK Stalin on Friday evening assured his full support to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, following a meeting the pair held at Stalin's residence in Chennai. Stalin and Naidu addressed gathered media persons after their meeting.
With the intention of 'saving democracy', Chandrababu Naidu has been meeting with several leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Farooq Abdullah, MK Stalin, Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy, E Palaniswami to stitch an anti-BJP alliance.
On Friday, after the TDP chief met with JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy, the Karnataka CM said that he is expecting a repeat of 1996, where a coalition was formed under the stewardship of Deve Gowda.
Naidu had on 5 November met a host of regional leaders and AICC president Rahul Gandhi to form an anti-BJP platform.