Post-Poll Alliance? : Chandrababu Naidu Meets Rahul Gandhi, to Meet Mamata

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Opposition leaders are trying to work out a meeting on May 21. — File photo

Post-May 23 there will be a new Prime Minister replacing Narendra Modi and said that the prime ministerial candidate will be amicably selected, said Chandrababu Naidu speaking to The Hindu.

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NEW DELHI — As the seven-phase mega election for Lok Sabha 2019 is going to be completed as there left only two phases which are to be over by May 19 and the results will be out on May 23, political stalwarts seem to have started to prepare for the likely post-result scenario.

On Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and was scheduled to head to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruling party in the State, reports The Hindu. Besides attending rallies on Thursday and Friday, Naidu will also meet West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

What transpired between the Congress president and Naidu is not confirmed and neither of the two spoke to media after the meeting.

Opposition leaders are trying to work out a meeting on May 21, two days before the Lok Sabha results come out, to discuss the prospect of a post-poll arrangement, according to the report.

Mr. Naidu, speaking to The Hindu during an interview, on Wednesday asserted that post-May 23 there will be a new Prime Minister replacing Narendra Modi and said that the prime ministerial candidate will be amicably selected.

“There are only three possible options. One, where the Congress leads; second, where the Congress supports from outside like in the United Front government or third, where the Congress has to join the alliance. There is no fourth option,” he said.

The Andhra Pradesh CM was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a review petition filed by 21 parties demanding 50% counter-checking of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail, or VVPAT. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition following which the parties again met the Election Commission to press their demand.

 

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