West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet several leaders on Wednesday, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and NCP chief Sharad Pawar in a bid to unite the Opposition against the BJP.
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Bannerjee’s move to build a political front against the BJP
Bannerjee tells reporters in New Delhi that opposition unity will take shape on its own, making it obvious that she will leave no stone unturned to build a political front against the BJP.
She says, “India will lead and we shall follow,” when asked if she will lead the united opposition party.
Meeting with the other parties
Prior to meeting Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, the Bengal CM met several senior Congress leaders on Tuesday, including Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, in an apparent attempt to prepare the ground for meet the Congress top boss.
According to sources close to the Chief Minister – Banerjee will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at 4.30 p.m. at the latter’s residence.
“She will also meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Wednesday,” they added.
Trinamool Congress party’s opinion regarding the meeting
A senior Trinamool Congress party says, “If Opposition unity is to be a reality, the Congress will be a very important factor and Mamata Banerjee will try to take the Congress on board. Her meeting with Sonia Gandhi is very significant because it can shape the future political scenario in the country.”
In conclusion, the Trinamool leader adds, “I think it is clear to everyone in the Opposition that 2024 will see a very crucial election, which will be a big challenge. It is also a good sign that seriousness has set in now when there is time to fight and iron out the chinks, as they say.”