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Naidu To Send Envoy To Sonia's Dinner Meet?

Naidu To Send Envoy To Sonia's Dinner Meet?

If the reports coming from the Telugu Desam Party sources are to be believed, party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu might respond to the friendly hand extended by the Congress party to the TDP.

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi called for a dinner-conclave of like-minded polticial parties in New Delhi on March 13 to discuss the possibility of forming a common front of all non-BJP parties to take on the saffron party in the 2019 elections.

Interestingly, Sonia also called the TDP to the dinner meeting, while ignoring the Telangana Rashtra Samithi which is also said to be a non-BJP outfit.

Though Naidu did not open up on this invitation from Sonia, party sources say he is evincing interest in this meeting.

However, he might not attend the meeting directly, but send a senior party leader to the meeting to know Sonia Gandhi’s mind.

Since the Congress doesn’t have much stakes in AP now, the TDP president seems to have felt no harm from aligning with it, say sources.

Naidu might show some valid reasons to align with the Congress.

First, Sonia Gandhi had a chat with the TDP MPs in Lok Sabha and expressed her solidarity with their agitation seeking justice to AP.

Secondly, newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi also declared that his party would grant special category status to AP soon after coming to power in 2019.

However, the TDP chief will politically weigh all options before taking any decision on joining the Congress camp.

He formed a strategy committee Naidu comprising state ministers Y Ramakrishnudu, Kala Venkat Rao, S Chandramohan Reddy, K Achen Naidu and K Srinivasulu, besides legislative council chief whip P Kesav, media advisor Parakala Prabhakar and AP state planning board vice-chairman Ch Kutumba Rao, to work out the party strategy to be adopted in the coming days.

Party MPs from Delhi informed Naidu that many political parties in the Parliament also appreciated the TDP’s decision to come out of the NDA government was timely and wise.

The MPs also informed Naidu that they all promised support to the TDP in its fight for Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh.



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