'Khela hobe', says Mamata even as she skirts Delhi leadership queries
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been holding talks with a number of Opposition leaders during her five-day visit to the national capital, skirted questions on probable leadership at the central level. Stating that she is not a political astrologer, Banerjee said the matter will be discussed at the appropriate time and all the parties will work together.
On a political high since her recent thumping win against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bengal Assembly election, Banerjee has been keen on stitching an Opposition alliance to take on the saffron camp in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On Tuesday, she met several top Congress leaders, including Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma. In the evening, she also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence and discussed various issues related to the state.
On Wednesday, she said Opposition parties will sit together and decide who would become the candidate against Modi. “When Modi will fight the next election, it will be with the country.”
She said there are three more to go before the next general election is held. “I am meeting (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi, (AAP convener) Arvind Kejriwal. Discussions about our political future will start soon.”
Reiterating her party’s winning slogan for the assembly election ‘khela hobe' (game on), the TMC supremo said, “I am not a political astrologer. The leadership issue depends on the situation, structure and system in place. It is not that everybody can take the lead. When the matter is discussed, we can work together.”
Speaking about the Pegasus controversy, Banerjee said her phone has already been hacked. “When I talk to (election strategist) Prashant Kishor, (nephew and TMC general secretary) Abhishek Banerjee, my phone is hacked. Please remember that,” she added.