Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be going to New Delhi on Monday to take part in a meeting of non-BJP parties, which is seen as a precursor to stitching a grand alliance at the national level against the ruling party.
Monday's meeting comes a day before the results in the five states will be announced. It is being viewed as a high stakes battle fought by the BJP and the Congress in the Hindi heartland. Tuesday's results will also indicate whether the efforts of Mr Naidu to stitch together an anti-BJP front along with the Congress, with which it is in alliance for the elections in Telangana, are likely to be successful.
The fly in the ointment could be Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had objected to the Congress being part of the non-BJP alliance. Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati is also opposed to the Congress.
Mr Naidu may host a breakfast meeting with the representatives of non-BJP political parties on Tues-day. “The Chief Ministers of at least seven states and leaders of 10 national and regional parties will attend the meeting on Monday. This gives a push to our party chief's efforts to stitch a grand alliance at the national level against the BJP,” said a senior TD leader.
Originally the meeting was to be held on Nov.22, got postponed due to polls....