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Mamata gets crucial support from Anna Hazare

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi/Kolkata, February 18, 2014
First Published: 01:23 IST(18/2/2014) | Last Updated: 12:21 IST(18/2/2014)

A day before landing in the Capital to consolidate her position in the Third Front space, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee got a shot in the arm as social activist Anna Hazare promised to support her as “the most suitable prime ministerial candidate of India.”

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A press invitation by Hazare’s team said that on Wednesday Hazare will “announce his support to Banerjee as the most suitable prime ministerial candidate of India and will share his reasons for supporting her.”

Hazare’s support for Banerjee comes at a time when AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal is trying to woo him to support his outfit for the upcoming LS polls.

Banerjee will be in Delhi for three days and is expected to meet other key non-Congress, non-BJP leaders. Her tour assumes significance as Trinamool’s arch rival, the CPI(M) has already made some inroads in the Third Front territory. The Left parties have sealed an alliance with AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu.

Banerjee and Left are both eyeing partnership with parties like JD(U), BJD and SP for the coming polls.

Ironically, there was virtually no formal communication between Hazare and Banerjee till December. Last month, Hazare wrote to Banerjee. He mentioned more than a dozen points where he sought her support. Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy wrote back and last week, Banerjee sent Roy and KD Singh (Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP from Bengal) to meet Hazare.


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