West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to visit the national capital this month during the monsoon session of the Parliament, she announced on Thursday. Banerjee also said that she is planning to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “if given an appointment,” multiple news agencies reported her as saying.
Banerjee is expected to meet various leaders of opposition parties as well in Delhi. That includes INC president Sonia Gandhi. “Now that the Covid situation has improved, I will go to Delhi during the parliament session and meet some leaders there,” she said.
“I didn’t go to Delhi after the election. The parliament session will start. Covid-19 cases have come down. I will go to Delhi and meet some friends,” the West Bengal chief minister said.
The news of Mamata Banerjee’s plan coincides with the speculation that a coalition of opposition parties may take shape to challenge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
Banerjee is likely to arrive in the capital city on 25 July. The monsoon session of Sansad will commence on 19 July and will continue till 13 August.
The talk of an anti-BJP front got revived after leaders of various parties and prominent individuals congregated at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s house in New Delhi last month.
However, there was no tangible movement forward in that direction at the meeting hosted by Pawar and called by former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who is now in the TMC. Sinha, a former BJP stalwart, is a strident critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speculations were rife after election strategist Prashant Kishor held a series of meetings with Pawar and the Nehru-Gandhis.
Meanwhile, a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel said today that the situation in Mamata Banerjee’s state was a manifestation of “law of ruler” instead of “rule of law”. The observations were part of a report submitted to the Calcutta High Court on 13 July.
In its report, the NHRC has recommended a CBI probe into the “grievous offences like murder and rape” that allegedly took place during the post-poll violence and said the trial should be held outside the state.