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Constitution can be saved if opposition unites against BJP: Chandrababu Naidu after meeting HD Kumaraswamy

N Chandrababu Naidu

New Delhi | Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that Democratic institution and constitution of the country can only be saved if opposition parties along with Congress unite together against the ruling BJP government.

Addressing media after meeting Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Janta Dal (Secular) president HD Dewe Gowda in Bengaluru, Naidu said “It is essential that the Opposition unite to save democracy at a time when national institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bureau of Investigation have been compromised. The investigation agency, which is supposed to be autonomous, is now being used to keep the opposition under control.”

When asked whether Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be the face for Prime Minister of the United Alliance, Naidu said,” “You are interested in the PM candidate and politics while I am interested in saving democracy. There is a conflict of interest here.” He further added,” There are several leaders in various opposition parties who are capable of running the country properly. That can be discussed later — the point now is to unite the opposition and save democracy.”

Speaking of the historic 1996 election when various regional parties formed a United Front and elected HD Dewe Gowda as the Prime Minister with the support of Congress, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said, “1996 will repeat in 2019.” Attacking the Narendra Modi led Union government former Prime Minister HD Dewe Gowda said, “NDA rule under the leadership of PM Modi has created so many problems including destabalising constitutionally created institutes. Now, it is the responsibility of all secular parties including Congress to come together to replace NDA government.”

N Chandrababu Naidu is in the forefront of forming a United opposition against the Narendra Modi government after moving out of the NDA over the issue of special status to the state of Andhra Pradesh. Prior to the meeting with the JDS leader, Naidu earlier met Congress President along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah.

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