New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday said ‘khela hobe’ is a continuous process and will take place all over the country, also referring to the key slogan of the Trinamool Congress in state assembly polls earlier this year in which the party returned to power with a thumping majority.
Mamata Banerjee, who is currently camping in Delhi and also holding deliberations with opposition parties, met senior Congress leaders on Tuesday.
The West Bengal CM met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is slated to meet her.
When asked if she will be the opposition face in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee did not give a direct answer and said she was “not a political astrologer”.
“I am not a political astrologer, it depends on the system, depends on political parties. I cannot impose my decision on others. Today I have a meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal is coming, Laluji also called. We are talking to each other. After the Parliament session, we must start meeting. When I meet there will be a political discussion, I’m a simple worker. I don’t want to say that I am the face,” she said.
She also said that the next general election will be “Modi versus country” and all opposition parties should come together in the next three years.
“Poore desh me khela hobe. It’s a continuous process…When general elections come (2024), it will be Modi vs country,” she said.
Banerjee’s visit during the ongoing Parliament’s Monsoon session holds significance as the Opposition is cornering the BJP-led NDA government on a range of issues including price rise, increasing cost of diesel and petrol, and issues related to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is also a standoff between the Centre and Opposition parties over several key issues including the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy and scrapping of farm laws.
Banerjee already met Congress leader Kamla Nath and Anand Sharma on Tuesday.