In Delhi, Mamata, Pawar and Kejriwal to meet today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 12:59 IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)

The chief ministers of two states and chiefs of NCP, JD (U) and SP will meet on Wednesday in New Delhi, a development that is being viewed keenly in terms of emerging new political equations.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s residence to chalk out the future political strategy.

Along with Banerjee and Pawar, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are expected to come, NCP leader Praful Patel told HT. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to attend the meet.

"We are meeting over tea," Pawar said on Tuesday on being asked about the agenda for the leaders from different parties getting together.

Banerjee, who arrived in the national capital from Kolkata, will meet Pawar at his residence soon after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening.

Pawar had met the Trinamool Congress chief in her party's office inside Parliament House. He was accompanied by his party colleagues Praful Patel and Tariq Anwar.

Informing about the development after a dinner meeting with Kejriwal, Banerjee said if "we work together, our states will be stronger and our federal structure would be strong".

"Tomorrow we are meeting at Sharad Pawar's residence. I think Kejriwalji is going there and other party leaders are also expected to come like the Samajwadi Party and JD(U)," Mamata told reporters after the meeting with Kejriwal.

Asked about the meeting with Kejriwal, Mamata said both of them discussed a range of issues including politics.

She said the Delhi chief minister has also invited her to attend a seminar on cooperative federalism here on September 22. The invite has been extended to other Chief Ministers as well. "When elections were held in Delhi and he had won in a massive majority, I had congratulated him that time. Today I met him and congratulated him for his success," she said.

When asked about the possibility of joining hands with AAP, she said, "Let's hope for the best. There are so many common grounds for working together."

(With inputs from PTI)

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