Mamata confers with Cong leaders before meeting PM

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/28/2021 11:57:55 AM

NEW DELHI, Jul 27: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee began her 5-day visit to Delhi by driving down to senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma, before reaching the Prime Minister's House for the first meeting with PM Narendra Modi since after winning the Bengal Assembly elections for the third time.

She has also tied up a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi Wednesday evening at the latter's residence at 10 Janpath. Congress sources said Sonia may invite Rahul Gandhi to the meeting since he now handles most of the party's strategies for the elections.

Her first stoppage was at the residence of Kamal Nath, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and current state Congress president, at 2 PM and then separately conferred with Anand Sharma, deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha and signatory to a letter by 23 rebel party leaders to Congress President Sonia Gandhi for doing nothing to revamp the party.

This is the first of her series of meeting with senior political leaders in the national capital to evolve a consensus for all opposition parties to come together on a single forum to challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Armed with the detailed analysis of the past two Lok Sabha elections prepared by poll analyst Prashant Kishor, Mamata showed that the BJP will be swept out in a minimum 300 constituencies if the Opposition puts single candidates for one-to-one fight.

Both Kamal Nath and Sharma, whom Mamata met separately, said they discussed the political scenario in the country and congratulated her for her victory in the Assembly elections. Kamal Nath was careful to assert that no strategy was discussed as "that will be discussed by the leader of our party." He said: "We just discussed the current situation and the issue of the rising prices.

Mamata lined up another meeting with senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the evening but the Trinamul sources said it was basically to discuss some cases in the courts as Singhvi is among the top most lawyers of the Supreme Court.



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