The meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi was a “very positive one” and we hope something positive will come out of it in the near future, said Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee after the meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also present during this meeting.
Mamata Banerjee is on her first visit to Delhi after her party won the West Bengal Assembly election in May. During her five-day visit, she has been meeting leaders of several opposition parties, and also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a “courtesy visit” on Tuesday.
Speaking about her scheduled meeting with Sonia Gandhi at her residence, 10 Janpath, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the meeting would be a “chai pe charcha” (discussion over tea).
“She has called me for a ‘chai per charcha’ tomorrow,” she said.
On her meetings with opposition leaders, Mamata Banerjee said, “Many of these leaders are my old friends. We discuss about old and new times. I will meet Arvind Kejriwal day after tomorrow. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi asked for time, I have given them time. I will meet my party MPs tomorrow. I met Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Manu Singhvi today.”
Responding to a question on opposition unity in the country, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said, “The country will lead the Opposition, we are the followers Opposition unity will happen naturally, automatically.”
She added she will meet all Opposition members after the Parliament session is over and the coronavirus situation normalises, indicating that another visit soon was on the anvil.
When asked if she has lined up a series of meetings with the Opposition parties with the 2024 Lok Sabha polls in mind, Mamata Banerjee said the elections are far away but planning for it has to be done in advance.