Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and he are not adversaries but their “chemistry is very good”.
“We like each other. We think there is a lot we can do together and I think, you’re going to see that in these next coming elections, we are going to win elections,” Gandhi said in Hyderabad, where he had gone for campaigning on Wednesday.
The two leaders, who have have been rivals for a long time due to their party stances, decided to join hands ahead of the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana. The partnership will be broad-based and long-term.
“We are very clear, the nation is very, very important,” Naidu told NDTV. “It is our responsibility – Telegu Desam, Congress party and other political parties have joined together to defeat BJP and save the nation.”
Over the last weeks, the Telugu Desam Party chief has visited Delhi several times, meeting a number of opposition leaders including Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and Arvind Kejriwal.
TDP was actually formed within months to topple the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh by Naidu’s father-in-law NT Rama Rao, in 1983.
In the late ’90s, Naidu contested state elections in alliance with the Left parties, but later allied with the BJP. However, earlier this year, he walked out of the NDA, frustrated with the Centre’s steadfast refusal to give the special status promised to his state.
On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said, “We are working together and we are working together because there is a threat to this nation from the PM, from the BJP”.
“It is the national mission — all of us have joined together,” added Naidu.
(With inputs from Agencies)