Mayawati likely to meet Sonia Gandhi, ahead of Lok Sabha poll result

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As the 17th Lok Sabha elections concluded on Sunday, BSP chief Mayawati is likely to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi to form an anti-NDA front, ahead of the announcement of the Lok Sabha election result on May 23.

This comes hours after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu met Sonia Gandhi on Sunday, as he continued his attempts to cobble a front to keep BJP out of power in case it falls of majority in the elections.

The TDP chief is rallying in efforts to form an anti-NDA front. Naidu had also met the BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday in Lucknow.

According to sources, Congress is working hard to get all alliance partners on board before the general elections are announced.

According to sources, Congress managers are attempting to fix a meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati. Congress is hopeful that Mayawati will support any government other than BJP, even though the BSP supremo had lashed out at Congress throughout her campaigning.

However, she had said that votes of the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh would go to the Congress, which contested on two seats -Rae Barelli and Amethi- fought by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

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On Saturday Naidu had undertaken a hectic round of discussions with parties opposed to BJP when he met leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the mahagathbandhan leaders — Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in Lucknow. Naidu also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav in Delhi.

Meanwhile Sonia Gandhi has also invited leaders of the UPA and sounded some others including Odisha and Telangana chief ministers Naveen Pattnaik and K Chandrasekhar Rao respectively as well as YSR Congress party chief Jaganmohan Reddy for a meeting on May 23, when the results will be out.

She has also convened a meeting of party leaders on May 22, for preparations for the Thursday meeting.

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(With ANI inputs)

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