Fuelling fresh speculation about the formation of a third front at the national level,Samajwadi Partys Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh Kiranmoy Nanda who was the fisheries minister in the Left Front government for more than a decade in West Bengal met Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee at Writers Buildings on Tuesday evening and discussed several issues,including presidential election scheduled to be held in July this year.
Calling himself an emissary of SP,Nanda said: We will hold a meeting in Delhi. I have been sent here by our party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. The presidential election is a vital election. I discussed many national issues with the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Her opinion on certain issues matches with that of us; similarly,we and the Trinamool Congress hold similar opinion on some issues.
Asked if his meeting with Mamata was part of an initiative to float a non-Congress non-BJP alliance at the Centre,Nanda said his party wanted an alternative platform at the national level and to materialise it his party would like to have a discussion with Mamata. He said nothing was discussed about West Bengal.