In a move ahead of the 2019 General elections, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met his counterpart in Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, in Vijayawada on Friday morning, to discuss an alternative front to the NDA. After the meeting, Chandrababu addressed media persons and said that he looked forward to engineering a coalition of southern regional parties against the NDA, with the aim of defeating it.
According to media reports, the meeting saw Kumaraswamy and Chandrababu discussing the 2019 elections and Kumaraswamy reportedly said that regional parties should work together to defeat the NDA.
â€śWe discussed how to emerge as an alternative, be it the regional parties or whoever is opposing the NDA. Todayâ€™s was just a short meeting, but we will be discussing it at length in the future. And we will also meet with other parties who will be contesting against the NDA, and discuss this with them,â€ť said Chandrababu after the meeting.
Speaking to the press, Kumaraswamy said, â€śWe have met several times in recent days, including our meet at the Hyderabad House in Delhi. We discussed several issues, how we will contest the upcoming parliamentary elections, and we are working out a plan.â€ť
When asked if he planned to contest with the TDP, he said, â€śWe are like brothers. We are eagerly waiting for the elections. We will join hands with several regional parties, and we will unitedly fight against the present system.â€ť
Asked about prime ministership, he said it will be decided later. â€śIt is not important who becomes PM...To save the country, we have to sit together and change the present system in a united way.â€ť
Kumara Swamy speaking to media said that they both have meet several times in recent times, including a meeting in Delhi's Hyderabad Guest House in last month. "We have discussed on several issues and how about to go for upcoming parliament elections, so that we can work out."
The BJP recently called the Third Front a myth; when asked about this, Kumaraswamy asked, â€śWhat else did you expect from the BJP? The BJP is a myth.â€ť
The Karnataka CM visited the Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada before meeting Chandrababu
In March, the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA over its refusal to grant Special Status to Andhra Pradesh. Later, during Kumaraswamyâ€™s swearing-in as CM, Chandrababu shared the stage with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, setting tongues wagging.
In June, Chief Ministers of four states -- Keralaâ€™s Pinarayi Vijayan, West Bangalâ€™s Mamata Banerjee, Kumaraswamy and Chandrababu -- met at Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi. They also sought permission to meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who was involved in a dispute with Governor Anil Baijal then. When Baijal refused to grant them permission to meet Kejriwal, they went to his residence anyway.