December 3, 2022

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Mamata on why she didn’t meet Sonia Gandhi: “It was not constitutionally mandated”

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Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, indicated on Wednesday that she will not meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi during her official visit to Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, indicated on Wednesday that she will not meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi during her official visit to Delhi. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) president stated that meeting Gandhi whenever she visits Delhi is not “constitutionally obliged.”

“I merely requested time from the prime minister this time. The leaders are all preoccupied with the Punjab elections. First and foremost, there is work… Why do we have to see Sonia every time? It is not required by the Constitution “After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee told reporters. In her meeting with the Prime Minister, she discussed the subject of the BSF’s geographical jurisdiction in the state and demanded that it be revoked.

Banerjee is close to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Recent events, like as the defection of prominent Congress figures to the TMC, the TMC’s foray into Goa politics, and other issues, have strained relations between the two parties.

In Meghalaya, 12 of the party’s 17 MLAs, including former chief minister Mukul Sangma, defected to the Trinamool Congress. In the previous few months, the TMC has seen a steady stream of politicians join its ranks after leaving Congress.

Luizinho Faleiro, the former chief minister of Goa, joined TMC in September after quitting from Congress’ primary membership. Sushmita Dev, a Congress MP from Assam’s Silchar and the ex-president of the All India Mahila Congress, had joined the TMC a month prior. After joining West Bengal’s ruling party, both were given Rajya Sabha seats.

Former Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar and Congress politician Kirti Azad have just joined the TMC. Tanwar was a close associate to Rahul Gandhi in the past.

Banerjee also stated that the TMC’s growth plans are in the works, implying that a visit to the Prime Minister’s constituency of Varanasi is on the cards. “Since Kamalapati Tripathi’s family is now with us,” Banerjee continued, “I would visit Varanasi.”

In October, Rajeshpati Tripathi and Laliteshpati Tripathi, the grandson and great-grandson of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kamalapati Tripathi, respectively, joined the Trinamool Congress.

Regarding the Uttar Pradesh elections, Banerjee stated that she would be willing to assist Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav if he required assistance from the TMC.

“We will go if Trinamool can help defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh… We will assist Akhilesh (Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav) if he requests it “she stated

While the TMC has “begun” in Goa, the TMC chairman also stated that regional parties should fight it out in several states.

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