New Delhi, Mar 28: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met rebel Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha, a day after meeting leaders from Opposition parties. Mamata also met BJP leader Arun Shourie in a meeting where TMC MP Dere O’ Brien was also present. These meetings come amid Mamata’s effort to build an anti-BJP front ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
She also met Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. “When we met Mamata Banerjee it was decided that a grand alliance should be formed and elections should be fought unitedly against BJP,” Azam Khan said.
On Tuesday, Mamata met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his residence on Tuesday. The West Bengal CM reportedly discussed the current political situation and ways to take on the Narendra Modi government inside and outside the Parliament. Besides the NCP chief, Mamata also met Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
NCP leader Praful Patel, while briefing media on the meeting, said that both the leaders agreed that there should be “maximum unity” among opposition parties to take on the BJP.
Mamata also met RJD MP Misa Bharti in Parliament. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Banerjee said,”When political people meet then, of course, they will discuss politics, there is nothing to hide in that. The Lok Sabha election of 2019 will certainly be very interesting.” Mamata also said that she could not meet former Congress president Sonia Gandhi as she was unwell.
Mamata had recently called for unity among all the anti-BJP forces to defeat the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. A few days back, the TMC chief had 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. During her Delhi visit, Mamata is also expected to meet Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among other leaders.