Amid talks of formation for a united Opposition, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she does not mind taking up responsibility in Delhi as ‘Didi of the Nation’. Banerjee, on a visit to Mumbai, also said that she has been an MP for 23 years and also served as a minister in the Cabinet. The chief minister said that she has established contacts with various leaders of the country. However, she added that she can’t tell about her future plans at the current moment. The CM made her remarks during an interview with DNA. Banerjee was in Mumbai to invite city-based business people to attend the West Bengal’s Global Business Summit in January. The West Bengal chief minister met up with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and his son Aditya; as well as Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
After the meeting, Shiv Sena chief Thackeray said they didn’t discuss politics, but added that on issues such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation, he and Banerjee shared the same views.
“This was my first meeting with her. There was no political discussion, but we have same views on issues such as demonetisation and GST. Both of us have been speaking on these issues. This was only the first meeting, let’s see how the things shape up,” Thackeray was quoted as saying by PTI.
The two leaders also discussed possible joint ‘sister cities’ initiatives between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Both Thackeray and Banerjee have been highly critical of the BJP and the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including demonetisation and GST. Banerjee will be hosting fourth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit in January, 2018.