Opposition leaders, Naidu met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence to chart out a unity under a broad framework that he referred to as “a democratic compulsion to save the nation and save democracy” without getting into the past.
Last week, Naidu had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati, and Loktantrik Janata Dal founder Sharad Yadav to rally support for an anti-BJP front.
“We are coming to work together to defend India, our institutions and democracy. We have had a past as you mentioned. Both of us agreed we will not get into the past. It is critical for the country because of the situation of the country, what is happening,” said Rahul Gandhi briefing the media with Naidu by his side.
“Defending institutions primary, everything else secondary. It is very clear that corruption has taken place in the Rafale deal. An inquiry will make everything clear,” said Naidu.
Before meeting the Congress president, Naidu separately met veteran political leaders Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah to outline a common minimum programme (CMP) for an anti-BJP front.
Both the leaders tasked Naidu to reach out to all other opposition leaders and convene a bigger meeting on the issue. Briefing the media, Pawar said there has been an assault on national institutions such as Central Bureau of Investigation and Reserve Bank of India and the circumstances need a collective assessment of opposition parties.
“The situation is deteriorating day by day and in this situation, Chandrababu Naidu and Farooq ji said we should assess the situation and collectively take up the cause. The cause and mission will save the country and save democracy,” Pawar said.