West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will reportedly be meeting with Opposition party leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar later this month. According to reports, the TMC supremo will be in Delhi on July 25 - her first visit to the national capital after leading her party to a landslide poll victory in the state Assembly. The news comes less than a day after poll analyst Prashant Kishor sparked off quite the debate over his meeting with all three Gandhis.
As per an NDTV report that quoted sources, Banerjee's visit might extend for upto four days. Apart from Gandhi and Pawar, she is also expected to meet with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and a few others.
In the meantime, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said that Banerjee was a top contender to lead a grouping of opposition parties. "It is a huge task to bring all the Opposition parties together and form a consensus on a face to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections. Every opposition party equates itself with a king and tries to dictate terms," he told a regional news channel in Delhi when asked about the possibility of forming a third front.
(With inputs from agencies)