Oppn parties must unite: Mamata after NCP, Shiv Sena meet

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However, Banerjee clearly sees herself in a more prominent national role than the Congress President in the formation of such a front.

As of now, talks are on with others.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has already been in talks with Opposition leaders to mount pressure on the government, on Tuesday said no party is more communal than BJP and the Centre has zero credibility as a government, media reports said.

She added that when political people meet then, of course, they will discuss politics, there is nothing to hide in that. Notably, BJP's embittered ally in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has announced to break the alliance before the general elections 2019. Pawar had convened a meeting of opposition parties in January this year. "It should be one fight", she said on opposition strategy.

BJP leader Mukul Roy was seen to carry out a huge procession in Bagbazar in north Kolkata.


One person was killed and five police personnel were injured yesterday during a clash between two groups in Purulia as sword-wielding BJP supporters defied the state government ban on armed rallies on this occasion. I have travelled to all the states. Issues like demonetisation, GST, bank fraud have affected people even at the grassroot level. She further said that the alliances depend on both parties. KCR had earlier called for a non BJP and non Congress front.

"Yes, Sonia ji is unwell right now and recovering, will meet her once she is fine.Tomorrow will meet Shatrughan Sinha ji, Yashwant Sinha ji, and Arun Shourie ji".

Banerjee is expected to meet Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday.

The Trinamool chief also had a one-on-one interaction with Ram Gopal Yadav, a Samajwadi Party MP and a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav.

Giving an example of Gorakhpur and Phulpur victories against the BJP by the BSP and the SP coming together, Mamata Banerjee said, "Mayawatiji and Akhileshji are strong leaders in UP and if they come together none else can do anything".


"Will certainly go if they (Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav) call us to Lucknow", she said.

After backing Congress MP Abhiskek Manu Singhvi's Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal last week, Banerjee's message seemed clear that all opposition parties "including Congress" should do business together to defeat the BJP, with the underlying message to the Congress that it should also cooperate in the process rather than trying to lead it.

According to sources, Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet National Conference leaders Omar and Farooq Abdullah later.

Banerjee also met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) parliamentarian Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Yadav.


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