All the 21 anti-Modi political parties, including Congress, are planning to form the United Progressive Alliance (UPA 3), before the results of general elections come out on May 23. The leaders of these parties are holding a meeting on May 21, two days prior to the counting day. Their strategy is to bring pressure on President Ramnath Kovind to invite the UPA-3 to form the government if its alliance partners get enough numbers. By doing so, the BJP would be denied a chance to be invited for government formation even if it stands as the single largest party or alliance.
All these aspects came up during the discussion between Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP boss says that the BJP will lose 100 MP seats compared to 2014. The Congress and its allies may get around 200 seats. Naidu wants Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress and TDP to join Congress to form UPA-3 prior to results announcement. This broad alliance will be able to show numbers to stake claim for the government formation. Naidu is holding discussions with national leaders in this regard.