Mamata in Delhi, meets Sharad Pawar, will also meet Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 27, 2018, 01:23 PM(IST)

File photo: Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( AFP )

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Mamata's visit is being seen as part of an attempt to cobble together opposition support against the BJP for the upcoming national elections polls in 2019

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with the Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and is also expected to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi tomorrow. 

She is in Delhi on a four-day visit to the national capital.

Mamata's visit is being seen as part of an attempt to cobble together opposition support against the BJP for the upcoming national elections polls in 2019.

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Mamata's meet with the opposition leaders' closely follows the dinner gathering hosted by Sonia earlier this month. 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi had met one-to-one with Pawar after the dinner, leading to the NCP saying the meet indicated Rahul was serious about forging a broad alliance. 

A broad alliance against the BJP has been the talk of the season, especially now with it having been proved to work after the UP Lok Sabha bypolls which the BSP sat out, thus allowing the SP to win the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats. 

The two seats had been vacated by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Both the SP's Akhilesh and the BSP's Mayawati have since said that their "understanding" will continue, although Mayawati has added that their bypoll tie-up will not continue. 

Mamata has so far said her meeting with Sonia will be a "personal visit", and that she has been concerned about Gandhi's health. It is not yet known whether she will also meet with Rahul. 


 

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