West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is in Delhi on a five-day visit where she met the Prime Minister and host of key opposition leaders including the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. A day before her arrival in Delhi, Mamta was nominated chairperson of the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC’s) parliamentary unit.
The appointment paves the way for smooth coordination with opposition leaders and gives Banerjee direct access to the parliament. TMC’s Rajya Sabha floor leader, Derek O’Brien, while addressing the media said, “We are just formalising a reality. Our chairperson is a seven-time member of Parliament. She has the vision to guide the parliamentary party. She has the experience and insight. She was anyway guiding us. The decision has been taken both at a conceptual and tactical level. She has always been a call away. We feel more empowered”.
From her appointment as party’s chairperson of parliamentary unit to her Delhi visit and aggressive role of TMC MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, all can be seen as party’s vision to put itself on national turf before 2024 general election.
Mamta Banerjee called on TMC MPs in Delhi as the Chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party to discuss future course of action.
Banerjee has become a vital force in Indian politics especially after TMC’s landslide victory in West Bengal against Modi & Co. In the result, political parties in the arena want her on their side.
Meeting with Prime Minister—
On Tuesday, Mamta Banerjee called on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and some development works in her state. It was her first meeting with Prime Minster in Delhi after TMC’s stellar win in West Bengal Election.
Meeting with Sonia Gandhi—
Mamta Banerjee termed the parley with the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as general meeting and said she met Sonia Gandhi because she had invited her.
In the meeting, she said, we discussed the country’s political situation in general where Rahul Gandhi was also there. Mamta further added that she also discussed plans to unite opposition and to defeat BJP in the upcoming general election.
Meeting with Arvind Kejriwal—
TMC’s supremo Mamta Banerjee called on her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal. The meeting is seen as part of her plan of putting all the opposition forces in one quiver. “It was our first meeting since her resounding victory in West Bengal assembly elections. Conveyed my best wishes and discussed several political issues with her”, Kejriwal Tweeted.
Banerjee was accompanied by the AAP MLA Raghav Chaddha and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Earlier, Banerjee also met former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Congress MP Anand Sharma as well. Mamta Banerjee is also expected to meet the NCP chief Mr. Sharad Pawar and other leaders in opposition.