The ‘Chai pe Charcha’ between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was the discuss of the city on Wednesday as the 2 leaders met to prop up a method to tackle the BJP within the 2024 common elections.
If pictures are proof, the assembly — which was additionally attended by Rahul Gandhi — was on a constructive notice. As Banerjee entered 10, Janpath, each Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi got here out to obtain her, fingers folded in a ‘Namaste’.
Banerjee has an extended affiliation with Sonia Gandhi and the 2 leaders are recognized to be keen on one another. Earlier within the day, the chief minister had mentioned the Opposition shall be stronger this time, kindling hopes for a bloc in 2024 to tackle PM Narendra Modi. She had additionally laid to relaxation assumptions about her turning into the face of the alliance, saying anybody could possibly be the prime minister and he or she wouldn’t impose her opinions and ideas.
As she referred to as herself a employee, Banerjee additionally signalled that her motto is to first unite the opposition after which search for a reputable face authorized by all. She had additionally confused on the necessity to take alongside the Grand Old Party if the BJP was to be challenged, clearing the trail for an alliance with like-minded events.
The assembly between the 2 lasted for greater than half an hour and when Banerjee got here out, each mom and son bid her farewell, indicating hope for the Opposition for 2024.
On Thursday, Banerjee will meet DMK’s Kanimozhi and Bollywood veterans Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. While the chief minister is wooing Congress on one hand, on the opposite, she is assembly with regional energy factors. According to a TMC insider, Banerjee is the rallying level round which all energy factors are versatile.