Time for BJP to pack up and go: Mamata

Ann Santiago
March 28, 2018

Amidst speculations of forming a united front against the BJP in 2019 general elections, Trinamool Congress president and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee landed in the Capital on Monday. She also spoke briefly to BJP MPs. The Trinamool Congress chief's visit to New Delhi is seen as a bid to assemble forces against the BJP in the run-up to 2019.

Banerjee is seen as a key player in a possible grouping of non-BJP political parties ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

By the time she ended her rounds for the day, the Trinamool Congress chief said the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav format could be replicated in many other states.

The chief minister also said "there's no party in the country that's more communal than the BJP", even as she took on saffron party for announcing the Karnataka poll dates before the Election Commission's official announcement. "It should be one fight". "I would want Mayawatiji and Akhileshji to invite us to Lucknow and we will all go there on condition that they offer us a cup of tea", as if suggesting the next opposition plan of action. "I was a part of that government, even now there are some good people but they are sidelined".

The programme of the meetings is to be drawn up Tuesday afternoon, but sources told ThePrint that since Sonia was unwell, she might meet the TMC chief Wednesday.

Banerjee only mentioned Sonia Gandhi, underlining that a meeting would happen "whenever Soniaji is well enough". "But I will speak to her before I leave if there is an opportunity as she is not keeping well", Mamata Banerjee said. "Tomorrow there will be a meeting in the central hall, then we will talk", Mamata had said on arrival. No one will be allowed to organise processions in the area of another community and murder a person, she said. We will meet her once she is fine.

Banerjee's meetings on Tuesday came at a time opposition parties as well as former BJP ally Telugu Desam party (TDP) have come together to move a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

Mamata also met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and senior party leader JP Yadav.

Banerjee, who also met leaders from other opposition parties like the TDP, which recently walked out of the BJP-led NDA over the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh, TRS, SP, RJD, BJD, NC and JMM, once again emphasised that the need of the hour is have a state-wise strategy to defeat the BJP.

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