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    Published On : Wed, Aug 1st, 2018
    National News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Mamata meets Gandhis, says not vying for PM post

    Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said she was not vying for the post of prime minister and the candidate for the top post would be chosen collectively by all opposition parties.

    Banerjee, who has been trying to consolidate opposition unity, spent the second day of her Delhi visit meeting leaders of various parties including the Congress, the Telegu Desam Party, the YSR Congress, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the Janata Dal-Secular and invited them to her rally on January 19 in Kolkata.

    The West Bengal chief minister met United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at 10 Janpath.

    Later she said, “We discussed current politics and the possibility of all of us contesting elections together in future. We also discussed the NRCAssam issue.”

    Surprisingly, Banerjee also met veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani at his chamber stating that her relations with him go back many years.

    Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, an NDA constituent, also came to meet Banerjee at the TMC office and she invited Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to the January 19 rally.

    The TMC chief said that the first priority is to bring all opposition parties together to take on the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

    “I am not for any post. I am interested in seeing that all parties should work together. All political parties will sit together and decide,” she told reporters wile replying to queries on the issue.

    The TMC office in Parliament was abuzz after Banerjee arrived there today and opposition leaders made a beeline to meet her.

    She spoke to Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel. Banerjee also met Advani at his chamber.”I went to meet him and enquired about his health,” she told reporters.

    Suspended BJP member of parliament Kirti Azad hailed her as a great leader and said that her efforts to consolidate all opposition parties are “commendable”.


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