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Mamatha will play key role in forming new Govt: Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Banerjee will play a key role in forming the new government at the Centre. Today, Naidu will attend another public meeting to be addressed by Mamata Banerjee in Kharagpur. On Friday too, he will take part in more election rallies in Bengal.
 
“The West Bengal chief minister is a Bengal tiger now, and after the elections, she will become the tiger of the nation. The BJP is going to be defeated miserably and Mamata Banerjee will play a big role in the formation of the new government by wining all the 42 seats in the state,” he said, during an election rally at Lalgarh in West Bengal.
 
Earlier in the day, he met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and later flew to Kolkata to attend a public meeting alongside Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Kharagpur. In the past few days, Naidu has emerged as a mediator between the Opposition parties with regard to keeping them together to form a government at the Centre if the BJP-led National democratic Alliance (NDA) falls short of the majority mark of 272 seats. 
 
Nationalist Congress party chief Sharad Powar too is acting as a mediator between the opposition parties. Naidu reportedly discussed with Gandhi the plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21st, two days before the counting of votes and 48 hours after the last phase of polling on May 19th. The purpose of these meetings, it is learnt, is not to waste time in bringing the Opposition parties together on the day of counting. 
 
Opposition leaders are keen to emulate the Karnataka example where the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) leaders had already discussed the role of their respective parties in case of a hung Assembly and did not waste time in declaring H.D. Kumaraswamy as the leader of the coalition when the trend became available on the counting day. A similar consensus would be needed over the leadership and formation of a government by the opposition parties.
 
Naidu was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the opposition parties to review its judgement rejecting 50 per cent random verification of electronic voting machines (EVMs) with the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).The apex court dismissed the petition and the opposition parties met the Election Commission again to press for their demand. 
 
Elections are over in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and in many other states in the country. Leaders, including Naidu, Pawar, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s M.K. Stalin, have already begun making their own assessments. Meanwhile, Mamatha Banerjee, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, key players in the Opposition’s scheme, are still busy with elections.

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