‘Opposition unity will take shape on its own’: Mamata Banerjee on Day 1 of her Delhi visit | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee, who is once again on a mission to unite opposition parties against the BJP, held a series of political meetings on Day 1 of her stay in the national capital.
The West Bengal chief minister’s visit to Delhi, the first after her impressive win against the BJP in the state, is part of her efforts to try and bring the opposition parties on one platform ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
On Tuesday, after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata said “opposition unity will take shape on its own.”
When asked about leading the opposition, Mamata intelligently sidestepped a direct response and said “The country will lead the opposition, we will follow.”
In the first of her political meetings on Day 1, Mamata met senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma.
On Day 2 of her visit Mamata will meet interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar.
This is not the first time that Mamata is working to unite the opposition parties against the BJP.
In the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mamata had organised a massive opposition rally which was attended by several parties including the Congress. However, the opposition efforts then were not enough to stop the victory march of the BJP.
However, this time around, she also has the support of her political adviser Prashant Kishor, who is also meeting several opposition leaders.
Mamata in Delhi, war of words in Bengal
With Mamata meeting opposition leaders in Delhi, the West Bengal unit of the BJP stepped up its attack on her and said the “chief minister and her team are daydreaming.”
The state BJP claimed that Mamata’s ongoing New Delhi visit is a “tactic” to divert attention from the incidents of post-poll violence flagged in the report of an NHRC enquiry committee.
The state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh also reminded the Trinamool of the 2019 election results.
“They will have to face a rude shock after 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The TMC should have learnt a lesson or two from its 2019 performance when its tally dropped from 34 to 22,” Dilip Ghosh said.
Reacting to Ghosh’s comment, TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh claimed that the saffron party is getting nervous with her efforts to cobble together a front of anti-BJP parties.
“Such statements only reflect their nervousness. No one can deny the fact that Mamata Banerjee has emerged as the nucleus of opposition unity after her assembly poll victory,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)

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