BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu are to share the stage at a youth convention called Manthan to be held in New Delhi on October 2, which will see students across the country present to political leaders their ideas on critical challenges before India that should figure on the agenda for the 2014 polls.
An announcement by the organiser of Manthan, Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), said Modi will deliver the closing address and Naidu has been invited to make the opening speech at the convention, which will be held at Tygaraj Sports Complex here. This is the first time Modi and Naidu will be seen together after recent parleys between two parties that indicated the TDP was getting closer to BJP and might even consider joining the NDA to fight the elections together.
The convention will also see a panel discussion involving Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, CPI(M) central committee member Nilotpal Basu, Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia.
Ipsita Nayak, CAG member, said that as part of an initiative to strengthen accountable governance, Manthan encouraged college students to come up with innovative solutions to 14 themes recognised as some of thecritical challenges that India faces today.