Amid West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ongoing visit to the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the Trinamool Congress (AITC) should declare her as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
“If Mamata Banerjee is the chief minister of West Bengal, it is natural that she will come to Delhi and meet our ministers including the prime minister. Every Chief Minister comes to Delhi to meet Central ministers for the development of the state,” ANI quoted West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar as saying on 23 November.
“As far as it is concerned that if she is the face of the Opposition or not, the Trinamool Congress should first make an official declaration that Mamata Banerjee is their PM candidate. Firstly, we want TMC to declare this, and then let the Opposition decide whether they will accept Mamata Banerjee as the face of the Opposition or not. Our PM face is decided. It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi on 22 November, is slated to be in the national capital till 25 November.
Mamata to meet PM Modi today
Today, the West Bengal chief minister will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) jurisdiction and the development of the state.
Reacting to the AITC supremo‘s visit to Delhi, the Bengal BJP chief claimed that Banerjee is attempting to form a national party adding that “this is the reason why she is sending her people to different states.”
Majumdar slammed the ruling AITC in West Bengal alleging that Banerjee became the chief minister for the third time in the state by doing “politics over violence.”
The visit is seen by political experts as a booster shot to opposition unity against the BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. The visit is expected to provide a fillip to regional opposition powers right before the parties rush into election mode for the upcoming assembly polls in five states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tripura.
Following her stellar victory in the assembly elections in West Bengal, where she faced the BJP in a do-or-die battle, Banerjee emerged as a prominent figure among the opposition camp’s attempt at stitching together a unified anti-BJP coalition ahead of the 2024 general elections.