Back Regional Parties To Defeat BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee After Meeting Sonia Gandhi

| March 29 , 2018 , 11:25 IST

The BJP 'wave' taking over the nation, with the saffron party already having secured 21 states, has resulted in Opposition parties gearing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and planning a strategy to defeat the BJP.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee on a trip to Delhi met with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday and called for supporting regional parties in order to form a bigger Opposition to defeat the BJP.

According to reports, Banerjee is said to have told Sonia that the Congress party should cooperate in allowing regional parties to take on the BJP in their respective strongholds, calling on the Congress to 'sacrifice' its interests for a larger cause.

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Banerjee has reportedly been unhappy over Congress party's reluctance to involve 'secular' players in state elections and not sufficiently acknowledging the clout of regional parties, giving the example of Gujarat.

“I have said that it should be a one-to-one fight against BJP by each party in their places of strength and the others should support it. Like in Karnataka Congress is strong… it will fight BJP one on one… Congress will do well in Karnataka,” said Banerjee.

“We have discussed this issue (each party fighting in their stronghold) and I have said that all state regional parties should form a united conclave and Congress should be a strong part of it,” she said.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar in his meeting with Mamata Banerjee also stressed that an opposition line-up without the Congress party would not be feasible.