New Delhi, July 28: A day after meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that no effort towards opposition unity will succeed unless Congress is able to fight Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. Speaking to reporters after an event in Kolkata, the former Jammu and Kashmir CM said,”How best can regional parties come together to take on BJP in general elections. Opposition unity would not succeed unless Congress is able to fight BJP in the way we hope.” Also Read - West Bengal News: Week After Cyclone Amphan, Kolkata Hit by Gusty Winds, Downpour
Furthermore he stated,”You have seen a number of efforts made particularly by Sonia Gandhi to bring opposition parties together. As we get closer to the general election in 2019 I’m sure it’ll take on a greater shape.”
Earlier on Friday, Abdullah had urged all anti-BJP parties to put their differences aside and unite against the ruling party at the centre in the 2019 General Elections.
Hinting at a possible alliance with TMC ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Abdullah had said, “Minority in the country has been living under fear. There is no difference between Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress. We have not decided what our alliances will be called. We will try to defeat the BJP.” He further said that all those “who are against the BJP can join us”.