The two leaders met at Andhra Bhavan and were believed to have discussed the current political situation in the country.

Andhra special status CM Naidu meets Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal
news Politics Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 13:39

Amid new political churning ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu met his Delhi counterpart and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The two leaders met at Andhra Bhavan and were believed to have discussed the current political situation in the country after Naidu's TDP broke away from the BJP-led NDA, an AAP leader said.

The TDP chief arrived in Delhi on Tuesday and met several opposition leaders to drum up support for a special category status to Andhra Pradesh -- an issue that led him to break ties with the BJP.

Naidu has been upset with the BJP-led government at Centre over an alleged "injustice" against Andhra Pradesh despite assurances of a special status in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

On his first visit to the capital after parting ways with the BJP, Naidu, who spent considerable time on Tuesday in the Central Hall of Parliament, met NCP Sharad Pawar, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and KC Venugopal, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O'brien.

He complained to them about how Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP "let down" the people of Andhra Pradesh on the issue of conferring the special category status on the state and lack of adequate financial assistance in building a new capital, Polavaram projects and other schemes.

The Chief Minister told reporters later that his break with the BJP was final and he would work towards defeating it in the next elections. He declined to reveal his political strategy further.

Naidu also met TRS leader Jitendra Reddy and Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and Union Ministers and BJP allies Anupriya Patel and Harsimran Kaur. DMK's Kanimozhi and AIADMK's V. Maitreyan also met Naidu. 

O'Brien said that Naidu thanked the Trinamool Congress for its strong support to the no-confidence motion brought by the TDP and conveyed his greetings to party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Interestingly, a number of BJP MPs, including veteran Murli Manohar Joshi, greeted Naidu. 

The TDP quit the NDA and the government at the Centre last month after accusing the Modi government of "betraying" his state by failing to execute the promises made at the time of its bifurcation.


IANS inputs

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