West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a meeting with 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,” Mamata Banerjee said after meeting Sonia Gandhi. “Discussed important matter regarding politics and president election both, no discussion on name,” she added. Earlier, 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.”
The meetng meeting between Sonia and Mamata is crucial and any fruitful outcome will have a bearing on pan-India politics. CM Banerjee had reached Delhi last evening. Recently, a fierce verbal duel between CM Banerjee and BJP chief Amit Shah over the latter’s visit to West Bengal grabbed eyeballs. The meeting comes at a time when BJP is clearly eyeing a firm hold in West Bengal.
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As per The Indian Express report, a few months ago, Banerjee, speaking to a Bengali channel, had said that she is not averse to the candidature of either BJP leader L K Advani or that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, or even Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Notably, too, Congress has from time to time tied up with the Left to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Bengal.