Chandrababu Naidu talks with Mamata Benerjee during poll campaign in Visakhapatnam. (Source: PTI)

Elections 2019: Chandrababu Naidu To Meet Mamata Banerjee In Kolkata Today

A day after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu will meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata today, people aware of the development said.

The Telugu Desam Party president will meet the Trinamool Congress chief as part of his efforts to unite opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election results on May 23.

"Naidu will hold a meeting with Mamata Banerjee at West Bengal secretariat this afternoon. Both will hold talks on the strategies of the 'mahagatbandhan' (grand alliance)," one of the people cited above said.

During his interaction with Banerjee, Naidu is expected to brief her about his meetings with all political leaders in New Delhi over the weekend, this person added.

Naidu had a busy Sunday as he called on the Gandhis, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. On Saturday, he met Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Dubbing the exit polls "gossip", Banerjee on Sunday said she doesn't trust such surveys as the "game plan" is to use them for "manipulation" of electronic voting machines.

Her remarks came after most exit polls forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some predicting that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will get more than 300 seats, comfortably crossing the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.

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