: TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to unite
opposition parties to take on BJP in the Lok Sabhaelections next year, will meet former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy here on Thursday.
Naidu will meet Gowda at his residence at Padmanabha Nagar and Kumaraswamy would also bepresent during the meeting, JD(S) said on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Naidu's meeting with the JD(S) supremo comesin the backdrop of Congress-JD(S) coalition resolving tocontest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the BJP,buoyed by the victory in the bypolls.
The Congress-JD(S)coalition in Karnataka on Tuesday won two of the three Lok Sabha seats and both assembly constituencies in the fiercely fought by-polls, giving a shot in the arm to the ruling combine that faces frequent questions about its longevity.
BJP had managed to hold on to the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.
The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to it as the by-polls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
JD(S) MLC Sharavana said Naidu's meeting with Gowdais in continuation of the discussions the Andhra Chief Minister was holding with "secular" party leaders across the country.
"The bypolls results that have come is a good development as people of state have understood the need for secular forces. He (Naidu) is expected to seek Deve Gowda's cooperation," he added.
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