Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress leader, and West Bengal chief minister has met opposition leaders, including NCP leader Sharad Pawar, at Parliament House on March 27 to discuss the formation of the federal front against BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Banerjee is acting as a bridge to unite all opposition parties, including Congress, NCP, Trinamool, and also former allies of BJP to defeat BJP led NDA government in 2019 polls.
NCP leader Tariq Anwar has added, “Mamataji too said she was committed to a united Opposition fight against the BJP-RSS. He also said that NCP leader Pawar is also agreed with Banerjee on the importance of coordination of like-minded opposition parties.
“Talks have just begun, but Pawar Sahab did press upon the fact that that NCP had an understanding with the Congress and it is understandable that any plan to root out the BJP cannot be done without the help of the Congress,” said NCP leader Praful Patel, who was also present in the meeting.
With a flexible and practical approach, Pawar is strongly emerging as a crucial person of the third front.
While reiterating her stand on the importance of opposition parties Banerjee added, “For this, the biggest party in every state must take the responsibility for uniting like-minded opposition parties and coordinate with them.”
During her Delhi visit, she met with BJD’s Pinaki Mishra, Shiv Sena MPs led by Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra farmers’ leader Raju Shetti, DMK MP Kanimozhi, TRS MP K Kavita, Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav, RJD MP Misa Bharti and JMM MP Sanjeev Kumar throughout the day.
Banerjee was not able to meet Sonia Gandhi, former President of Indian National Congress, on 27 March, but she may meet the Congress leaders during her stay in Delhi in the next three days.