Mamata Banerjee: Regional parties are strong enough to counter BJP

Paterniano Del Favero
Aprile 23, 2017

The Chief Minister's programme of visiting Delhi came a day after his meeting with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee. Coming down heavily on the BJP, she said they divide people and split political parties, a tactics that the regional parties do not resort to.

"They buy ministers and MLAs". They divide Hindu-Muslims. They also purchase ministers, MLAs.

Mamata, who presented Naveen with a bouquet of white lilies - his favourite flower - also underscored the need for strengthening the country's federal structure.

Earlier in March, Mr Patnaik had a discussion with JDU president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bhubaneswar.

Asked if she considered the Naveen-led BJD her natural ally, the Trinamul chief appeared reluctant to commit, but said she had a lot of respect for the Odisha ruling party.

Mamata also stated that the secular parties were always together.

"The federal structure must be strengthened in tune with the Constitution", she said. If he (Naveen) proposes any name, I will talk to him.

Where the South saw the meeting of two state Chief Ministers, the national capital witnessed the meeting between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Congress vice-president Sonia Gandhi.

"There was no political discussion at all", she said explaining her long association with BJD founder Biju Patnaik.

As neighbouring states, it is good to keep in touch, she said adding "Politics is a continuous process". I knew his father Biju Patnaik very well and he was very fond of me.

BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the primary aim of the meeting between the duo was to develop mutual cooperation to deal with the chit-fund scam investigations.

Patnaik said he has invited Banerjee to lay foundation stone of West Bengal Bhavan at Puri.

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