Mr. Naidu, along with the like-minded party, is trying to unite the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections due early next year. The meeting comes amid seat-sharing talks between the two parties for the Assembly elections.
“We have to save the nation and defend democracy. It is a democratic compulsion and we have joined together to protect our country,” Mr.Naidu said while addressing reporters.
The last time the two had shared the dais was at the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in May. This was TDP chief’s first meeting with Rahul Gandhi after severing ties with the NDA.
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Rahul, emphasizing the need for oppositions to unite, said “We had a very good meeting. The gist was that we have to defend the democracy and future of the country. So, we are coming together to work together; all opposition forces must unite.”
Abdullah, on the other hand, said the country was going through “difficult times” and emphasized on the need to “save democracy”.
Naidu “coincidentally” also met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here and briefly discussed the need to bring all non-BJP political parties together.