West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Lands In Delhi PM Modi, 3 Congress Leaders Day 1 Agenda

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Mamata Banerjee’s first meeting is with Congress leader Kamal Nath at 2pm (File)

New Delhi:

Mamata Banerjee, in Delhi for the first time since her election victory in Bengal, has several meetings lined up on Tuesday — three meetings with Congress leaders and the fourth with the Prime Minister. Thats only for starters. In the next three days, Ms Banerjee is expected to meet Sonia Gandhi for tea. The date and time for that is not disclosed yet.

Ms Banerjee’s first meeting is with Congress leader Kamal Nath at 2pm. At 3pm she is meeting Anand Sharma also of the Congress and Abhishek Manu Singhvi at 6.30pm.

Her meeting with the Prime Minister is at 4pm. The meeting is being variously described as a courtesy call. It will be her first meeting after the Bengal elections where the two leaders were frequently at loggerheads. Ms Banerjee may ask the Prime Minister to ensure release of central dues to the state as well as vaccines.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will call on her at her earliest convenience.

Her first meeting today was with Vineet Narain, the journaliat who has written a book on the Jain Hawala scam in 1996. He recently congratulated Ms Banerjee for raising the unresolved scam after so many years. Ms Banerjee had claimed Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was one of the alleged benefeciaries of the scam. Mr Dhankhar has denied the claim

The Bengal Chief Minister’s meetings are of great significance in the opposition’s attempts to take on the BJP in the 2024 national election.

Ms Banerjee was last week named leader of the Trinamool parliamentary party though she is not an MP; the new role signals her readiness to play a larger role in national politics beyond Bengal.

In a virtual speech on July 21 to an audience that included Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader P Chidambaram, Ms Banerjee appealed for unity. She said people would not forgive the opposition parties if they did not bury their differences and unite against the BJP.

Others present at that online meet were DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader Keshav Rao, RJD leader Manoj Jha, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Balwinder Singh Bunder.

The Bengal Chief Minister may go to Parliament, where the monsoon session has been marked by disruptions over the Pegasus “snooping scandal” besides other flashpoints. However her visit will depend on Covid norms that are in place.

Ms Banerjee today announced the country’s first judicial inquiry headed by former judges into the Pegasus case, in which several opposition leaders, journalists and others have been revealed as potential targets of Israeli company NSO’s Pegasus spyware, which is sold only to governments.

The Chief Minister’s nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee is among those named as potential targets from a leaked database of NSO. She said several other Bengal leaders were targeted.

The Congress recently tweeted on Mr Banerjee being targeted with the phone snoop spyware. Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien retweeted that with the comment “khela hobe” — the Trinamool’s wildly popular assembly election anthem that means ‘game on’.

Trinamool MP Sougata Roy welcomed the tweet as a Congress gesture of unity. “It should strengthen bonds between opposition parties.”

Prashant Kishor, who managed Mamata Banerjee’s successful campaign, recently met several senior opposition leaders, including Sharad Pawar and the Gandhis.

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