This follows a meeting of opposition leaders on February 13 where they decided to have a pre-poll pact and a common agenda to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

Andhra CM Naidu to meet leaders of anti-BJP front on Feb 26 in DelhiFile photo: PTI
news Politics Friday, February 22, 2019 - 07:32

Opposition leaders will meet in New Delhi on February 26 to deliberate on a common minimum programme (CMP) to be presented by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader said in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

This follows a meeting of opposition leaders in the nation’s capital on February 13 where they decided to have a pre-poll pact and a common agenda to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. 

A senior TDP leader requesting anonymity told IANS that Gandhi, entrusted with the task of preparing the CMP, will present a copy to the opposition leaders. 

"The CMP will be finalised after taking suggestions from leaders of all parties," the TDP source said. 

This also comes days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on his Andhra Pradesh counterpart in Amaravati. Kejriwal, who was accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia, met Naidu at his official residence.

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) leaders understood to have discussed with Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party chief, a wide range of issues related to national politics, especially the proposal for a national alliance against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Naidu also told Kejriwal and Sisodia about the ‘raw treatment’ being meted out to Andhra Pradesh by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Earlier this month, in a significant development, major national parties decided to have a pre-poll pact and a CMP to defeat the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls even as Congress appeared to keep its options open about tying up with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the AAP in Delhi.

On February 13, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi met at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi. 

 

IANS inputs

 

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