Rahul Gandhi meets Chandrababu Naidu, vows to work with TDP to defeat BJP
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IBNS): After meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the national capital, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday vowed to work with the former to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, which will be held in few months' time.
Following the meet, Rahul tweeted to say, "I had a good meeting today with Shri Chandrababu Naidu. Amongst other things, we discussed the issue of opposition unity. I look forward to carrying forward our dialogue and to working together in the upcoming state & general elections."
I had a good meeting today with Shri Chandrababu Naidu. Amongst other things, we discussed the issue of opposition unity. I look forward to carrying forward our dialogue and to working together in the upcoming state & general elections. pic.twitter.com/wNowJhP4sm— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 1, 2018
The Congress and Naidu's Telegu Desam Party (TDP) are contesting the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections together.
Though the two political outfits were earlier opposed to one another, Rahul has decided to bury their past to oust the saffron party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking about their past, Rahul said as he has been quoted by NDTV, "We have a past. Both of us agreed that we are not going to talk about our past and talk about our future."
The terms between the TDP and the saffron party had worsened after Naidu's outfit withdrew its support from the central government over the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi and N Chandrababu Naidu addressing a press conference on Thursday (Image: twitter.com/RahulGandhi)
After the central government refused to grant a special status to the southern state, the TDP broke up with the BJP at the Centre.
Naidu had earlier met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been opposing the BJP for last few years, over the Opposition unity.
However, Naidu and Mamata had earlier spoke about working together to strengthen the regional political parties.