Amidst the demand for a joint opposition candidate for this year’s Presidential polls, the West Bengal chief minister is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening in New Delhi, according to a report by Times Now. The channel claimed that West Bengal chief minister sought an appointment from PM Modi and might discuss a number of issues. Mamata has been in the news for her constant attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently.
Last month, she had ruled out any threat from BJP by saying that she doesn’t believe that the Party is a threat to regional parties, as per a report by new agency ANI. This statement came in after her meeting Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik. Back then, Mamata was quoted by the agency saying, “All regional parties should come together and move ahead with greater strength, maintaining good relations with each other. Our effort will be to unite them.”
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Last week, Mamata had also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and discussed in detail the issue related to upcoming presidential elections in the month of July. “Some political vendetta is going on, discussed that in detail. Will meet again next week/within 10 days to decide consensus candidate,” she had said after the meeting. “Discussed important matter regarding politics and president election both, no discussion on name,” she had added.
However, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had written to Sonia Gandhi, expressing his displeasure over the meeting. Writing a two-page letter, Chowdhury said, “I understand that the CM (Mamata) will be meeting you to discuss strategy for the presidential election. It is important to rope in support of all political parties to oppose an RSS-BJP nominee. At the same time, it is necessary to emphasise our abiding commitment to democracy and transparency.”