Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu met Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and discussed the way forward for a united opposition. The leaders announced an alliance between the two parties against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Addressing the media on the occasion, Rahul Gandhi said, “we have to defend the democracy, the institutions and the future of this country and that’s why we are coming together and going to work together. We have had a past; both of us agreed that we are not going to get into the past. We are going to talk about the present and the future because it is critical for our country and together we can provide a vision to the country.”
Attacking BJP, Chandrababu Naidu said, “We are going to work together with the opposition to protect the nation from BJP’s undemocratic rule. Putting the past behind us, we are going to unite with a common goal of defeating those who have attacked the premier institutions of this country. We are not going to watch BJP attack the Indian democracy. All the leaders must unite and take decisions in the interest of the nation.”
On a question that who will lead the Opposition, Rahul said, “We have agreed that the principle idea here is to defeat the BJP and to defend democracy and the institutions of this country. All other ideas will be discussed later. Everybody is going to work together.”
Rahul Gandhi further said, “The principle challenge in front of all the opposition today is to work together, defend India’s institutions, defend Indian democracy, everything else is secondary. We are going to do what is the primary challenge.”