New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will visit New Delhi on Monday where she will meet several Opposition leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. This is Banerjee’s first visit to the national capital since winning the state assembly election in May this year.
Her visit also comes at a time when the Opposition under the leadership of National Congress Party )(NCP) leader Sharad Pawar is trying to form an anti-BJP alliance.
She is expected to meet several Opposition leaders as they try to chalk out a strategy against the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Moreover, her party has also been one of the staunch voices from the Opposition during the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament.
The session has seen the government and Opposition have traded barbs over several issues such as the Pegasus snooping row, farmers’ protest, rising fuel prices across the country, etc.
Things went from bad to worse when TMC MP Shantanu Sen snatched a paper from Information and TEchnology minister Ashwini Vasihnaw and tore it into pieces in Rajya Sabha.
The paper contained the government’s response to the Pegasus spyware.
This led to a heated war of words between the BJP and TMC.
Marshals intervened to bring the situation under control. Heated words were exchanged between Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and TMC MP Santanu Sen after the latter snatched a paper from IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw while he was speaking on ‘Pegasus Project’ report in Rajya Sabha.
Ahead of Banerjee’s visit TMC spokesperson Om Prakash Mishra said that Banerjee will play a key role in creating a Opposition that will fight the ‘Facsict’ Centre.
“The glorious leadership of Mamata Banerjee is surely going to play a significantly contributory role to the evolution of a very strong Opposition, against the fascist-centred regime at the Centre. Therefore, it is natural that the TMC would be eager to have all the Opposition parties on board,” Mishra said.
“This role need not be seen as a role of dominance, rather it is all about cooperation. Therefore, we would like to build up cooperation amongst the Opposition parties, against BJP and RSS, in the service of the nation. It is to uphold our national interest and to boost our national security,” he noted.
With inputs from ANI