MUMBAI / KOLKATA: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee triggering speculation about the nature of their meeting but the former said there was no political discussion.
After the meeting, Thackeray said they didn’t discuss politics, but added that he and Banerjee shared similar views on issues such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation
The two also discussed possible joint ‘sister cities’ initiatives between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Thackeray said.
The Sena chief was accompanied by his son Aaditya Thackeray at the meeting at a south Mumbai hotel where Banerjee has been staying. Both Sena and Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have been highly critical of the BJP and the Modi government on a host of issues.
While Banerjee was meeting Thackeray and his son Aditya in Mumbai, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya attacked the TMC supremo saying that ‘Mamata kicks every ladder after climbing it’.
Speaking at a public meeting in Canning in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Thursday, the senior BJP leader responsible for affairs of West Bengal said that Banerjee couldn’t have come to power without the support of BJP or expelled TMC leader Mukul Roy.
Vijayvargiya said, “You (Mamata Banerjee) became the chief minister with the mass mobilisation capabilities of Mukul Roy and then kicked him out when you did not need him. Mamata Banerjee cuts off people when she is done with using them.”
He also said that the BJP has registered a whopping 12 lakh membership in the state and warned Banerjee of a tough fight between BJP and TMC cadres. His statement holds significance in the run up to the panchayat polls in the state next year, when BJP and TMC cadres are expected to be indulged in a localised but bitter armed conflicts for ‘area control’.