‘Need of hour for all non-BJP parties to unite’: Stalin on Chandrababu-Rahul Gandhi meet
A day after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met with Congress President Rahul Gandhi in an effort to rally parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), DMK president MK Stalin has welcomed the meeting.
In a tweet on Friday, MK Stalin said, “Corrupt, autocratic and divisive forces are destroying the democratic fabric of our country. It is the need of the hour for all non-BJP parties to come together on a common platform. I congratulate @rahulgandhi and @ncbn for initiating steps towards this. They have my support.” (sic)
Stating that he gladly welcomes the meeting between the two leaders, he noted that Rahul Gandhi's statement – that all opposition parties must work together to defeat the BJP – is an important one.
Further, he highlighted Chandrababu Naidu's statement that the coming together of all non-BJP parties is a democratic compulsion to protect the nation. "All regional parties must unite in order to defeat the BJP which strips away the autonomy of states," MK Stalin tweeted.
Soon after taking over the reins of the DMK after the death of his father M Karunanidhi in August this year, MK Stalin has been vocal in his opposition to the ruling BJP. In a memorial meet for the late leader earlier this year, Stalin had projected a bevy of leaders opposed to the BJP on one stage, all of whom had called upon Stalin to be a part of the anti-BJP coalition. In attendance were Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, and Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who made it amply clear that the government of the day must go.
Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a warpath to build a formidable alliance against the BJP ahead of the 2019 polls, also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP leader Mayawati, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and CPI leaders D Raja and S Sudhakar Reddy during his visit to the nation’s capital last week.