West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee is on a mission to create an anti-BJP force ahead of the 2019 elections. She met with UPA’s chairperson, Sonia Gandhi on 28th March about it. It was clear that if a fight was to be successful against the BJP, Congress would have to be part of the plan.
The plan it seems is to let dominant parties in each state, battle BJP in that particular state on its own resulting in an overall defeat of the BJP. Banerjee also met AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and also obtained the support of BJP’s rebel leaders Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, and Shatrughan Sinha. BJP in the meantime has been calling out TMC for the violence during the Ram Navami processions in West Bengal.
Mamata strongly believes that every party must fight a one-on-one fight with BJP to emerge victorious. For this very purpose, she has been in Delhi for the most part of the week. BJP claimed that she was playing politics. But the question is, how can one be a good politician if they don’t play politics it’s redundant really. Mamata also responded to the Centre’s move to disinvest Air India and took to it rather sharply.
Kejriwal though he met Mamata didn’t divulge any details of the meeting. Lalu Yadav and Sharad Yadav have an alliance with Congress and that will continue said, Mamata Banerjee. Mamata revealed a few details expressing her hope that Congress would win in Karnataka and the Mayawati-Akhilesh team could win UP which make the third front a formidable opposition. BJP though would be torn between keeping its allies closer or letting them go. There are still many bridges to be passed, and plenty more parties to join the club before the third front is formed and lasts. It won’t do if an alliance is made now and come 2019 BJP gets the upper hand.