Naidu meets Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru
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Bengaluru: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu met former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Naidu, is trying to unite opposition parties to take on BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year.
Reportedly, Naidu met Gowda at his residence at Padmanabha Nagar and Kumaraswamy was also present at the meeting.
Interestingly, Naidu's meeting with the JD(S) supremo comes in the backdrop of Congress-JD(S) coalition resolving to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the BJP, buoyed by the victory in the bypolls.
The Congress-JD(S)coalition in Karnataka on Tuesday won two of the three Lok Sabha seats and both assembly constituencies in the fiercely fought by-polls, giving a shot in the arm to the ruling combine that faces frequent questions about its longevity.
BJP had managed to hold on to only 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 the phone on Tuesday and congratulated the latter on the 'spectacular victory' in the by-elections.
JD(S) MLC Sharavana said Naidu's meeting with Gowda is in continuation of the discussions the Andhra chief minister was holding with 'secular' party leaders across the country.
"The bypolls results that have come is a good development as people of the state have understood the need for secular forces. Naidu is expected to seek Deve Gowda's cooperation," he added.
Naidu had also recently met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, among others.
Welcoming the verdict of the Karnataka bypolls, the Left party said the people of the southern state had made it clear that a united opposition could easily defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
BJP candidate L Chandrashekhar from Ramanagara assembly constituency withdrew his nomination ahead of the by-election and reportedly joined the Congress.
The Congress which is in alliance with the JD (S) had not fielded a candidate for Ramanagara bypolls at that time.