Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi on Sunday in order to join the 125th birthday celebrations of India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru at Vigyan Bhavan on Monday, fuelled speculations of an anti-BJP alliance saying that she would talk to everybody regarding this.
In response to a question on need for an alliance of secular, democratic forces in the country, Mamata, who is coming to Delhi for the first time since the BJP government came to power, said: “I have come here after getting an invitation. Pandit Nehru was the first PM of India… I don’t know the programme details… tomorrow I will meet everybody and will talk to them. And I will let you know (about the developments) after that,’’ Mamata said in Delhi.
Earlier in the day, the CM expressed her anger at Dum Dum airport regarding the cancellation of an Air India flight by which she was supposed to go to Delhi. Before boarding an Indigo flight later, she said: “My seats were booked one month ago. Now it has been cancelled, I don’t know what happened.’’
Apart from the Trinamool Congress, leaders of other political parties like the CPM and Samajwadi Party have also been invited to invited to Nehru’s birth anniversary celebrations.
While on Monday Mamata will attend the ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan, she will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and invite him to attend the Biswa Banga Sanmelan (global meet for investors) to be held in Kolkata on January 7 and January 8.
According to political analysts, an alliance of Left, secular and democratic parties is no longer an anathema to Mamata as she understands the BJP is breathing down her neck in the state. She has already said she is ready to talk with even the CPM on the issue.
On Sunday, at a rally, Minister for Education Partha Chatterjee alleged that BJP was running arms training schools in the state. “We will confront them head-on,’’ Chatterjee said.