Vastavam web: TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to unite opposition parties to take on BJP in the Lok Sabhaelections next year, will meet former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy here on Thursday. Naidu will meet Gowda at his residence at Padmanabha Nagar and Kumaraswamy would also bepresent during the meeting, JD(S) said on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Naidu’s meeting with the JD(S) supremo comesin the backdrop of Congress-JD(S) coalition resolving tocontest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the BJP,buoyed by the victory in the bypolls. BJP had managed to hold on to the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.
The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to it as the by-polls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Naidu had called his Karnataka counterpart over phone on Tuesday and congratulated the latter on the JD(S)-Congress combine’s “spectacular victory” in the by-elections. “The bypolls results that have come is a good development as people of state have understood the need for secular forces. He (Naidu) is expected to seek Deve Gowda’s cooperation,” he added.