Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence here and is learnt to have discussed plans of uniting all opposition parties against the BJP.
New Delhi, Jan 8: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence here and is learnt to have discussed plans of uniting all opposition parties against the BJP.
According to sources, this is the second round of meeting the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was having with leaders of opposition parties to cobble up a united platform to take on the saffron party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Naidu will be meeting a host of other opposition leaders, including NCP's Sharad Pawar and NC leader Abdullah.
Ever since the TDP moved out of the NDA, Naidu has been seeking to forge an anti-BJP front.
He has maintained that it was a "democratic compulsion" to bring together all parties on a common platform to "save the country and save the people".
Meanwhile, Congress president will on Wednesday address a farmers' rally in Jaipur, a senior party leader said.
It will be the Gandhi scion's first public meeting after Congress formed the government in the state and initiated steps to fulfil its promise of waiving off farmer loans.
The Congress-led government in Rajasthan had on December 19, 2018 announced a waiver for short term farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh and constituted a committee to decide the eligibility criteria.
The announcement was in line with the Congress chief's pre-poll announcement to waive farm loans.
"Promise of waiving off loans of farmers was a resolution of the Congress and the government has fulfilled its promise after coming to power," the party's in-charge for political affairs in Rajasthan, Avinash Pande said.
"Congress president will be addressing a public meeting where farmers will express their gratitude," he added.
Rahul will soon converse directly with the block and booth-level workers in Goa as part of the party's voter outreach campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections, a senior party functionary said Tuesday.
AICC Secretary A Chellakumar said the Congress has decided to designate their prominent workers as "Sahyogis" who will connect voters with the party organisation.
Gandhi had conversed with block and booth-level committees in Karnataka and Telangana, he said.
"Very soon we can expect that in Goa. Already he had spoken with Goa Pradsh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar," he said.
Chellakumar was addressing a meeting of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and state executive committee to launch "Jan Sampark Abhiyaan" of the party in two Lok Sabha constituencies in Goa.
Both the Lok Sabha constituencies--South Goa and North Goa--are currently represented by BJP.
Chellakumar also said the party workers will undertake a door-to-door campaign in both the constituencies, carrying a letter written by the Congress chief.
This campaign will have to be completed within 10-15 days, he said.
"You have to go door-to-door and establish contacts at the grassroot level. At the same time, you have to distribute party material," Chellakumar said, adding that party workers will collect donation during their visit to the voters.
A separate committee for the public outreach campaign will be formed in both the constituencies which will work parallel to the block level committees.
"We need to work in a time-bound manner. In 2019, we must ensure that the Congress government in the Centre will root out BJP," he said.
Chellakumar said Congress will designate prominent workers of the party as "Sahyogis" who will help connecting voters with the party organisation.
"Each 'Sahyogi' will have 30-35 houses under his ambit. Sahyogis will have to look after the interest of those living in these houses. They will be responsible for those houses. Sahayogis will act like a bridge between the party high command and the households," Chellakumar added.
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