“We must come together to defeat the BJP,” Mamata Banerjee after meeting Sonia Gandhi

"Very good meeting," said Banerjee.

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi. After the meeting, Banerjee said that “We must come together to defeat the BJP”. The Trinamool chief said: “It was a very good, positive meeting,” adding that several issues including COVID-19 vaccines, Pegasus, came up for discussion.

Banerjee is in Delhi after two years – the first time after winning the landslide victory in the Assembly polls in Bengal in April-May. Trinamool Congress and the Congress contested the polls as rivals in the Bengal Assembly polls. The meeting with Sonia Gandhi is all the more significant in that light.

Banerjee, during her ongoing Delhi visit, is meeting leaders of Opposition political parties. These meetings are being seen as an attempt of the Opposition to come together on a common platform to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

After her meeting with Sonia Gandhi which went on for about 45 minutes, Banerjee said: “I am nothing alone.” She added that “I am not a leader, I am a cadre,” when asked if she was going to be the face of the united Opposition front. Yesterday, she met Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma, and she is scheduled to meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.