Mamata to play key role in building a better coalition of opposition leaders

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Monday, July 26 and will spend five days in the national capital. Mamata Banerjee has said she will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders during her Delhi visit. She is also scheduled to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other Opposition leaders for a better coalition against the Central government.

Mamata’s trip to Delhi has triggered talks of the Trinamool Congress chief’s national ambition. Her visit is being seen as an attempt to galvanise the disjointed Opposition to take on the might of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024, when the next Lok Sabha elections are scheduled. Ever since Mamata managed to win a high voltage electoral battle in April/May securing a historic third consecutive term for her after a bitter campaign where she was pitted directly against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, talks have gathered momentum regarding the TMC supremo eyeing the top seat in New Delhi. This will be the first in-person meeting between PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee after she had skipped the Prime Minister-chaired meeting to review the damage from Cyclone Yaas in May this year. The Bengal CM met the PM separately for a moment to hand over the state government’s report on the cyclone before excusing herself from the official meeting, leading to a huge controversy.