HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The statement came ahead of the WB CM’s official visit to Delhi
  • Mamata has confirmed that this time she was not meeting Sonia during her tour
  • The TMC and Cong are visibly on good terms, however, recent cracks within the party are expected to escalate tensions

On Wednesday, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has said that there was no constitutional compulsion for her to visit Congress chief Sonia Gandhi every time she reaches Delhi. Banerjee is currently lodging at Delhi for an official visit and conveyed the fact that she was not going to meet Gandhi this time. Banerjee has said, “This time I sought time only from the prime minister. The leaders are all busy with Punjab polls. Work is first…Why should we meet Sonia every time? It is not constitutionally mandated.”

Banerjee has stated that she was in Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and discuss the recent Centre-driven policy to extend the judicial limits of the BSF in West Bengal. According to sources, the WB CM was to protest against the latest developments. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been on good terms with the Congress, however, speculations of tensions arise as a number of Congress leaders have shifted to the TMC in recent times.

Trinamool has stepped up to be the main opposition party in Meghalaya, with 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs joining the party. Mukul Sangma, the former chief minister of the state, stands to be a significant name among the ones who quit Congress in order to join the TMC. Earlier in September, Luizinho Faleiro, the former chief minister of Goa left the Congress to come to the TMC.

The Trinamool has been working hard to expand its territory, after the recent Bidhansabha polls in West Bengal. In a recent statement given by Banerjee, her party is scheduled to visit Varanasi, which is the constituency of PM Modi. She is also willing to help Akhilesh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party in the UP elections.

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