Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu held a closed-door discussion with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kharagpur on future plans of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance). Also Read - Amid Slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram', West Bengal Govt Moves Resolution Against Farm Laws
The meeting between Banerjee and Naidu took place for over 15 minutes late on Thursday evening, according to a well-placed source in the Trinamool Congress. Also Read - 'I'm Sure Mamata Didi Has Faith In Lord Ram': Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut On Netaji Event
“The two leaders met and spoke about the future plans of the Mahagatbandhan. Naidu and Didi (Banerjee) also discussed about the TDP leaders meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday,” a senior TMC member told PTI. Also Read - BJP Teased Me In Front of PM, Insulted Netaji, Bengal With Jai Shri Ram Chants: Mamata Banerjee
On whether Banerjee will be attending the proposed meeting of the opposition parties likely to be held on May 21, the TMC leader said that the date of the meeting was yet not decided.
“It’s not decided that the meeting will be held on May 21… it seems that it might be deferred by a couple of days and take place after May 23. Didi may be taking part in it, he said.
Naidu and Banerjee are believed to have also talked about the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue and the probable voting percentage in the so far held five phases of polling in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections, the TMC leader said.
Earlier, Naidu joined Banerjee at a campaign meeting of TMC at Kharagpur on Thursday where he spoke high about her and urged people to vote for Trinamool to oust the BJP from the power.
Later, Naidu participated and delivered a speech for TMC North Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency candidate Sudip Bandyopadhyay at Sithi in the city.
Banerjee, who has floated the idea of a federal front of regional parties, has been playing an important role for unity of anti-BJP bloc.