Karat, Naidu discuss post-poll strategy

Hyderabad, April 27 (Inditop) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat Monday met Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu here and discussed the likely post-poll scenario.

Karat drove to Naidu’s Jubilee Hills residence here to discuss the strategy to be adopted for the formation of the Third Front government after the polls.

TDP sources said the two leader also discussed the likely candidature of Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for the post of the prime minister.

Karat later told reporters that he was holding talks with leaders of different parties to form a non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Naidu said the Third Front was ready to form a government, providing an alternative to both the Congress and the BJP.

Sources said the two leaders also discussed the post-poll situation in Andhra Pradesh.

Simultaneous polls to 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294-member state assembly were held in two phases April 16 and 23.

Naidu told Karat that he was confident of a TDP-led alliance coming to power in the state. Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and CPI-M are the other constituents of the alliance.