Mamata Banerjee likely to visit Delhi soon, to meet Sonia Gandhi, Opposition leaders
This will be the Bengal CM’s first visit to Delhi post her victory in the 2021 Bengal Assembly election
Kolkata: Two days after poll strategist Prashant Kishor had sparked speculation over his meeting with the Gandhis, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she plans to go to Delhi later this month to meet the opposition leaders. Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi too on her visit to the Capital.
Mamata Banerjee to meet Opposition leaders
Amid talks of the opposition joining hands to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on her visit later this month. She will also meet the Opposition leaders if given appointment, she said.
Though Mamata termed it as a normal visit, her proposed visit to Delhi for the first time after her landslide victory in the Assembly polls has triggered speculation over her playing a bigger role in the opposition front in the next general elections.
Bengal CM might meet Sonia Gandhi
The West Bengal chief minister is planning to visit Delhi during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. She is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi on her visit. She also said that she is planning to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “if given an appointment.”
Answering a question at the state secretariat Nabanna, Mamata said, “I didn’t go to Delhi after the elections. The Parliament session will start soon. The Covid-19 situation is also better. So I will go to Delhi during the Monsoon Session and meet some leaders there.”
The Monsoon Session of the Parliament will commence on July 19 and will continue till August 13.
When asked whether she will meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the Chief Minister said, “I shall meet her (Sonia Gandhi). I will also meet some other leaders. I also want to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, if I get appointment.”
Bengal CM’s Delhi schedule
Sources in the CMO said that the Bengal chief minister is likely to go to Delhi on July 25 and her visit might extend for even four days. Sources close to Mamat also said that apart from Sonia Gandhi, she might meet several opposition leaders like Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, and Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, among others.
Mamata announcement is even more important because political strategist Prashant Kishor met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, besides conducting meetings with Sharad Pawar.
“It is not the right time yet to predict anything, but she will surely judge the situation in the national capital. Her visit to Delhi certainly has a political significance,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader said.
Talks of an anti-BJP front got revived after leaders of various political parties and prominent individuals congregated at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s New Delhi residence last month.
Prashant Kishor met the Gandhis
Prashant Kishor met Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. AICC general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (Uttar Pradesh) and KC Venugopal (organisation) were also present at the meeting. Sources say, Sonia Gandhi was present at the meet via virtual link. Now, the presence of all three Gandhi’s is significant when Kishor is meeting Opposition leaders to form a formidable force against BJP in the 2024 election.
The meeting with Kishor, who is Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s principal advisor, also came in the backdrop of ongoing discussions on a likely revamp of the party’s state unit, but AICC general secretary Harish Rawat said that “Kishor did not come to negotiate on the Punjab issue.”
Kishor had earlier met Amarinder Singh on the impending changes in the Punjab Congress.
There was no official word on what was discussed at the meeting with Kishor that lasted almost over 90 minutes.
With agency inputs