Mamata Banerjee meets Sonia, says Cong must help regional parties

Lester Mason
March 29, 2018

Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sought the Congress' support to regional parties to facilitate a "1:1" fight with the BJP at the state level in the 2019 general elections. Thus the DMK should fight the BJP in Tamil Nadu, and her TMC in West Bengal, while the SP-BSP alliance should battle it out with the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh.

After her almost hour-long meeting with Mrs Gandhi, the West Bengal Chief Minister told the media, "Whenever, I come here I meet her".

The TMC chief's formula - created to defeat the BJP in the 2019 general elections while also containing the Congress on her turf - is to have a "one-to-one" fight.

"The Chief Minister has constitutional obligation".

She also gained support from rebel BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha. This one-is-to-one fight will eliminate the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) politically.

Mr Roy said that nine people were killed following violence erupted in the South Bengal for past few days.

The union HRD minister alleged that "innocent devotees of Lord Ram" were attacked by TMC workers in the state and the West Bengal government was doing nothing about it. When it comes to election time, she may do all that. But now as Chief Minister she has taken oath.

On the BJPs charge that the chief minister was away in Delhi when there was trouble in the state, Chatterjee said, "She is there in the interest of the people. She is insulting that mandate of the people", Mr Javadekar said.

The Chief Minister should not run away from own responsibility, he said and added that in the context of Darjeeling also there has been violence. "I enquired about her health, also had political discussion, I said that the country wants it to be one-is-to-one in 2019, jo party jahan strong hai wahan usko ladna chahiye", Banerjee told the media after meeting Sonia.

The TMC leader had met several opposition leaders on Tuesday, but did not have talks with anyone from the Congress.

A statement issued by the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata said the West Bengal government has advised Governor K N Tripathi not to visit Durgapur to call on a police officer who was injured in Raniganj when violence broke out over Ram Navami processions.

Lok Sabha MP George Baker said the violence in West Bengal is part of a "pre-planned" conspiracy. "That we are 100 percent sure", said Mamata.

Mamata met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in the evening and discussed with her about a united fight against the BJP.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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