Mamata Banerjee to call on PM Modi today, but before she would meet two Congress leaders

Kolkata : Attempting to bring all the anti-BJP political parties on a common platform before the 2024 Parliament poll and UP assembly election next year, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet two Congress leaders before calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Ms Banerjee, who is in the national capital, is expected to meet Congress veterans Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Manu Singhvi later today.

An AITC ( All India Trinamool Congress) statement regarding the itinerary of Ms Banerjee, said the TMC chairperson would first meet Kamal Nath at around 2 pm, at 3 pm she would meet Anand Sharma, before calling on the PM at 4 PM in New Delhi.

Her day’s programme (officially) would end with a meeting of Congress think-tank and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi at 6 30 pm.

This is Ms Banerjee first visit the national capital after she led TMC for the third time to the power in a row with a massive mandate in the March-April assembly poll in which the ruling party bagged 213 seats in the 294-seat house in the state.

Political observers here believe that the AICC leadership in New Delhi has probably changed its strategy and was trying to align closely with Mamata Banerjee to fight the BJP at the national level.

West Bengal’s Congress unit which had a poll pact with CPI(M) led Left Front in the assembly poll drew black along with the Communist. The election was held for 292 seats in which BJP gained 77 seats.

The series of meetings are regarded as the Congress was willing to adopt a flexible stand with the TMC in its battle against the saffron brigade.

Ms Banerjee is expected to meet AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi during her stay in New Delhi.

Recently the Gandhis had meetings with political strategist Prashant Kishor, who managed the Trinamool Congress strategy to fight the surge of BJP organisation in Bengal.