A day after Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu dared Asaduddin Owaisi to take sides - anti-BJP platform or the BJP, the AIMIM chief retorted saying he chooses neither and said that Naidu formed an alliance with Congress in order to defeat him.
On Monday, Owaisi said that it was strange that Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu have joined hands, adding that they are forming the alliance to go against him in Telangana.
"Suddenly, Naidu has jumped into the playing field as Rahul Gandhi thought he can't take on Asaduddin Owaisi alone, so he joined hands with Naidu. Politics is a strange thing. Dono me achanak nikah hogaya . They suddenly formed the alliance. Chandrababu is saying save the nation. We will free Telangana from BJP and Congress."
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had been meeting several big leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Farooq Abdullah, Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy in order to form a Mahagatbandhan against the BJP for Lok Sabha 2019 polls. In the last two days, he met with DMK chief MK Stalin and CPI-(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. It was during a press-briefing in between these meetings when Naidu asked Owaisi to take a side - BJP or the anti-BJP alliance.
"It is an anti-BJP platform to save democracy and save the constitution. AIMIM has to decide. There are only two political platform as of today. One is BJP platform and one is anti-BJP platform. Political parties have to decide which side they are on. Those who are not joining this platform, automatically they are supporting BJP."
While Owaisi has made his stand about the gatbandhan clear, the details of the Allied Front may come to light soon as the leaders of the parties who have verbally agreed to it are said to have a meeting on November 22.
The meeting is crucial as Mamata Banerjee is also likely to join the meeting. It was the TMC leader was actively in talks regarding the anti-BJP alliance and had made the first move during Kumaraswamy's swearing-in as Karnataka CM in Bengaluru, through a show of strength of Opposition parties. However, she has been missing in action and the meeting may bring some insight about her current role in the alliance.