Opposition Leaders Flock to Mamata, Pledge to Fight NRC

Aug 02, 2018, 08:38
Opposition Leaders Flock to Mamata, Pledge to Fight NRC

Sources told ThePrint that Congress leaders had requested Mamata to tone down her rhetoric on the NRC issue. Let us work together and not think of Prime Ministerial candidate.

Arun Shourie, a bitter critic of the Modi government, would meet Banerjee later in Kolkata as he would not be present in Delhi during TMC chief's visit, O'Brien said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister warned there will soon be a civil war, a bloodbath.

Banerjee had recently met National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on the issue of cobbling an alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP. "In 2019, it will be collective leadership", she said after her meeting with the Gandhis at 10 Janpath. "We discussed how the opposition can together take on the BJP because it knows that it will not come back to power", she said.

On the Congress' indication of its willingness to accept her candidature as opposition's PM face, she said, "I am not for any chair, our aim is to defeat the BJP".

Between meeting various leaders of the Opposition and some members of the BJP - veteran L. K. Advani and expelled MP Kirti Azad - Mamata kept up her tirade against the ruling party for keeping over 40 lakh people out of the NRC in Assam and speaking with a forked tongue on the fallout.

"We discussed the fate of 40 lakh voters who have been chose to be deported, these people are from Bihar, Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, TN". Instead, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, who met the Congress president and his mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in the evening, said they had discussed how the two parties would defeat the BJP.

"There could be certain circumstantial meetings with leaders of opposition parties when Mamata Banerjee would visit Parliament on August 1".

After the National Registrar of Citizens announced the final draft with names of thousands of people in Assam on Monday, July 30, recognising them as legal citizens of India, political parties have been on a roll slamming the report for leaving out the names of about 40 lakh people. So we want that everybody should be united. I went to enquire about his health. "Even after that, whether a person is an illegal migrant or not is something that can be decided only by judicial scrutiny and that is through a certain set of codes, which has been established in Assam... called the Foreigners Tribunal", Hajela said.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, RJD's Misa Bharti, DMK MP Tiruchy Siva, YSR Congress leader Vijay Sai Reddy and TDP MP met her in Parliament.

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