Mamata to meet Oppn leaders in Delhi to weave anti-BJP front

RSTV Bureau
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI Photo

File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
PTI Photo

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi yesterday late night, will be meeting opposition in her bid to form a large front to take on the incumbent BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. In her four-day Delhi visit, she is scheduled to attend a meeting of the opposition parties, convened by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

“The Central Hall is a famous hall, where I will meet the leaders of my party and if the leaders of other parties want to meet me, I welcome them. We are all friends,” she told the press before leaving for Delhi.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had recently called for unity among all the anti-BJP forces to defeat the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

On whether she would be meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during her visit to New Delhi, the chief minister said, “She is hospitalised. Let her recover. I do not want to disturb her.”

When asked who all she will meet during her visit to the national capital, she said, “I have worked as an MP for seven terms and I know many leaders and MPs of several political parties.”

Pawar has called a meeting of all the opposition leaders, including those from the Congress, to discuss the strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. NCP leader Praful Patel had met Banerjee earlier this month here and invited her to attend the meet.

Off-late, Ms Banerjee also met TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who called on her to discuss the process of setting up a federal front against the BJP-led government at the Centre.

(With inputs from PTI)