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Young leaders reaching out to Mamata to take on BJP in 2019: Derek O’Brien

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said the saffron party could be defeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if all the anti-BJP forces came together.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2017 18:33 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Trinamool Congress,Mamata Banerjee,Derek O’Brien
File photo of Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien.(PTI Photo)

Young leaders from across the country were reaching out to Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee for her guidance to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, party leader Derek O’Brien said on Wednesday.

A day after Banerjee reportedly had telephonic conversations with Patidar quota agitation spearhead in Gujarat Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, O’Brien said the young leaders were certain to gain from the TMC chief, who had the “finest credentials” to take on the BJP in 2019.

“I am not surprised that young leaders from across the country are reaching out to her (Banerjee) for her guidance and to learn from her experiences. She has the finest credentials to take on the BJP in 2019,” he told PTI.

Apart from Patel and Mevani, OBC leader Alpesh Thakore also played a crucial role in the Gujarat election in putting up a tough fight against the BJP, which had ruled the state for 22 years.

Whereas Thakore won on a Congress ticket and Mevani won as an Independent candidate backed by the party, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), led by Patel, extensively campaigned against the BJP in Gujarat.

According to O’Brien, the TMC chief was sure that the saffron party could be defeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if all the anti-BJP forces came together.

“Her experience, track record, role in people’s movements over the last four decades, the experience as a cabinet minister and the resounding mandate of last year (in the West Bengal Assembly polls) makes her the most credible face to take on the BJP,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 17:21 IST