Anti-BJP front: Who all likely to be part of it?


She also met Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) parliamentarian K Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR. The Bengal CM took to her Twitter account and hit out at BJP's Amit Malviya, who had announced the election dates even before the Election Commission of India.

Later NCP leader Praful Patel, while briefing media on the meeting, said that both the leaders agreed that there should be "maximum unity" among opposition parties to take on the BJP. "But she urged the NCP leader to also speak to other Opposition parties to know their views", a NCP leader said.

With a flexible and practical approach, Pawar is strongly emerging as a crucial person of the third front.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee leaves after meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar at Parliament house in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mamata Banerjee's meeting with Sonia Gandhi scotched speculations, brewing for the past few days, that the TMC chief may not meet any Congress leaders during her four-day Delhi visit. On being asked about her meeting with Sonia, the TMC chief maintained that the visit will be strictly personal as she was concerned about Sonia Gandhi's health.

During her stay in the capital, Ms Banerjee is likely to call on Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

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Referring to the proposed No Confidence Motion against the BJP, Banerjee said, "I have heard that many BJP MPs will vote against them and this is why the government has not allowed a no confidence motion. Will certainly go if they (Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav) call us to Lucknow", she said. The Congress, despite several electoral setbacks, is still the principal Opposition party in Parliament.

"I told her what the country wants is that there should be a state-wise, one-on-one fight with the BJP".

Interestingly, Banerjee is meeting BJP rebels Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie on Wednesday. I have been a Parliamentarian myself and I know numerous leaders.

"Similarly in Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu's TDP is strong enough to fight BJP".

Following her meeting with NCP and RJD leaders, Mamata said the "Lok Sabha elections of 2019 will certainly be interesting".

MPs from Biju Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and DMK also met Banerjee.