Not vying for PM post, BJP nervous because of Opposition unity, says Mamata Banerjee

01 August 2018, 08:55 PM
Not vying for PM post: Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Not vying for PM post: Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, who is on a desperate attempt to consolidate opposition unity ahead of 2019 elections, on Wednesday said that she was not vying for the post of prime minister and the candidate for the top post will be decided collectively by all opposition parties.

"I am not for any post. I am interested in seeing that all parties should work together. All political parties will sit together and decide," Banerjee told PTI.

The Bengal chief minister, who is on a two-day visit to the national capital, on Wednesday met leaders of various parties including the Congress, TDP, YSR (Congress), DMK, RJD, SP and JD-S and invited them to her January 19 rally in Kolkata.

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The TMC office in Parliament was abuzz after Banerjee arrived at the Central Hall to meet other opposition leaders.

Interestingly, Banerjee also met veteran BJP leader LK Advani and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and extended an invitation for her rally.

Banerjee also paid a visit to JD-S leader HD Deve Gowda and requested him to attend the rally.

The TMC chief also stressed on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue in Assam and requested all the opposition leaders to send a delegation to Assam and create pressure on the government.

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Banerjee also went to Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath and discussed several political issues and the possibility of contesting elections together in future. Apart from the UPA chairperson, Mamata also met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and invite both of them to her rally.

First Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 08:36 PM
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