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Oppn parties to meet on Nov 22 to further discuss forging

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Anti-BJP parties would meet in on November 22 to create a common platform and chalk out their future course of action, and Andhra Pradesh minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Saturday.

Addressing a press meet after a meeting with who came here as an emissary of at his riverfront residence here, the Telugu Desam said the endeavour was to bring everybody on board to fight the

Naidu said he would meet minister on November 19 or 20.

"This is broadly anti-BJP platform. This is in the interest of the nation. Save democracy, save the nation and save the institutions..that is the agenda. That is the national agenda, an utmost important agenda," Naidu said.

The had recently met former H D Deve Gowda, his counterpart H D Kumaraswamy and DMK M K as part of his efforts to forge a front against the BJP.

"Now I have convinced everybody. Everybody is willing to cooperate with us. In this experiment, is the main opposition party. They have more responsibility. We have to acknowledge that," Naidu said.

The meeting would decide on "how to move forward" and also "build an organisational structure" for the anti-BJP platform, he added.

Naidu said he had already met several leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, and others, and would meet Trinamool chief and West Bengal

Replying to questions, he said there were only "two platforms" in the country BJP and anti-BJP.

"Political parties should decide which side they are. If they don't join us, it means they are with BJP," he said.

"The government is controlled by remote control (from New Delhi). Telangana Rashtra Samitis (TRS) agenda is BJP agenda. Some parties are there. They are aligned with the BJP," Naidu said.

The said some parties might join them after the elections to Assemblies in five states and "one or two" might come after the Lok Sabha elections.

"Our effort is to bring everybody on board to fight the BJP," he said.

To a question, he said sharing of seats (in elections) and other things would come after some time.

Gehlot said there was an "undeclared Emergency-type atmosphere in the country.

Institutions are getting destroyed in the country. Constitution (of India) is getting weakened. People are worried. Not one section of the society is happy with the in the last four and a half years," the former chief minister said.

While anti-BJP parties have their foundations in secularism and democracy, the BJP and RSS people have only the "mask of democracy" on their faces, he said.

"They dont have any faith in democracy. They are fascist...," Gehlot alleged.

This was the "proper time" for (anti-BJP) parties to come on to a single platform and forge a grand alliance, the AICC added.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 21:35 IST