On the opposition unity issue, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday stressed that those who are not allied with the Congress should also be invited to join hands,. Banerjee made the remarks at the opposition parties' meeting called by interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
As per sources, Banerjee said during the meeting, "Forget who is the leader, let us keep our personal interests aside. People will lead." emphasising on opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said, "Every opposition party should be brought in. The fight is against the BJP. For this, those not allied with the Congress should also be be invited in the meetings." "Let's set up a core group and work together. The sources said that Banerjee also accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing the central agencies. She also said that the NHRC has been misused to target Bengal,
During the meeting, Banerjee also listed some urgent issues which she said need to be focused on, such as Covid vaccine for all, repealing the three farm laws, and rollback of unprecedented hike in fuel prices, among others. The NCP, DMK, Shiv Sena, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, CPI, CPI-M, National Conference, Rashtriya Janata Dal, AIUDF, VCK, Loktantrik Janta Dal, JDS, RLD, RSP, Kerala Congress Mani, PDP and IUML were also part of the meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi.