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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi, may meet Sonia Gandhi

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Published Mar 27, 2018, 12:55 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2018, 12:55 am IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, in Kolkata on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, in Kolkata on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee, who has been positioning herself as the leader of an anti-BJP national alliance, arrived in Delhi on Monday for a three-day visit during which she will meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and leaders of other Opposition parties. 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi might “walk in” during her meeting with Mrs Gandhi. Ms Banerjee is also scheduled to meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, a potential leader of a united Opposition.

Ms Banerjee who has, since demonetisation, reached to leaders of various regional parties, is also likely to meet rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. She may also call on leaders of the Telugu Desam Party and Shiv Sena. 

This would be the West Bengal chief minister’s first visit to the capital since she made clear her ambitions of leading an Opposition alliance of parties to take on the Modi-led BJP in the 2019 general elections. While Ms Banerjee has no issue in aligning with the Congress, or even the Left, she has indicated that it would be difficult for her to work under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi as she is politically more experienced.

On the other hand, Ms Banerjee shares a very good rapport with former Congress chief Mrs Gandhi. Trinamul sources maintained that discussions have already taken place for a “possible” meeting between Mrs Gandhi and Ms Banerjee, and that she is unlikely to meet the Congress president.

Congress sources, however, said that Mr Gandhi might just “walk in” and join the discussions.

The Trinamul chief has floated the idea of a Third Front and has spoken to numerous leaders like Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao. 

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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