NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Wednesday in their first meeting since the two parties were contested as rivals in the Bengal election in April-May, reports NDTV.
The meeting is significant amid opposition moves to join forces for a united fight in the 2024 national election.
The Bengal Chief Minister, in Delhi for five days, had met with senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma on Tuesday.
Since her Bengal victory, Mamata Banerjee has emerged as a pivotal figure in the opposition’s attempts to unite to take on the BJP in the next general election.
Ms Banerjee won despite an aggressive campaign by the BJP, which invested all its top leaders and its mighty election machinery in Bengal. The election has been held up as a template for taking on the BJP in future elections.
In Delhi for the first time after the win, the Chief Minister has lined up meetings with several key opposition leaders.
“Poore desh me khela hoga. It’s a continuous process...When general elections come (2024), it will be (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi vs country,” she told reporters earlier on Wednesday.
On who could lead any opposition front, she replied: “I am not a political astrologer, it depends on the situation.”
Asked to comment on the view - bolstered by a series of listless Congress campaigns - that the grand old party is now a weak link for the opposition, Mamata said: “I don’t want to interfere in the internal math of any political party. But I think Sonia Gandhi wants opposition unity.”
Mamata had earlier said she was open to an opposition front but any such grouping would be impossible without the Congress.
After its failed outing in Bengal, the Congress has sought to demonstrate its goodwill towards the Trinamool.
Congress leaders recently tweeted on the Chief Minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee being one of the potential targets of the Pegasus spyware. Trinamool MP Sougata Roy welcomed the tweet as a Congress gesture of unity. “It should strengthen bonds between opposition parties.” Prashant Kishor, who managed Mamata Banerjee’s successful campaign, recently met all three Gandhis.