Don't know if Left will come with us, we didn't talk, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee​

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said she was used to fighting an united Congress and Left in West Bengal.

Published: 14th February 2019 11:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2019 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee​

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee​ (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: As the opposition is trying to stitch a grand coalition ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday advocated a pre-poll alliance so that they can stake claim for government formation post results. 

“We must go for a pre-poll alliance so that after election we can claim to form the government,” said Banerjee, a day after leaders of various opposition parties met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence. 
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been entrusted with the task to draft a common minimum programme for the alliance.     

ALSO READ: West Bengal CM Mamata attributes Mulayam's praise for PM Modi to old age

On differences between the opposition leaders, Banerjee said: “Many parties cannot take decision as of now due to political compulsions and will decide after election. That is not a problem.”

“I am not sure if the Left will come or not, because we didn’t talk. During yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) meeting, we decided that the Congress already has alliances with the RJD (Bihar), the DMK (Tamil Nadu) and the NCP (Maharashtra). Taking it further, if pre-poll alliance happens in other states then it will be a big alliance,” she added. 

ALSO READ: For Mamata, Congress a foe in West Bengal but friend at national level to 'fight' BJP

The opposition is working out an alliance keeping in mind Assembly election results in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the BJP was successful in stitching a coalition and being called for government formation first despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party. 

Banerjee has repeatedly said that replacing BJP at the Centre is her biggest priority and she is ready to support the opposition at the national level. 

ALSO READ: Everyone is afraid of the two Gabbar Singhs, Shah and Modi, says Mamata

“The opposition leaders are expected to meet again around February 25 or 26 to discuss the further course of action. All of us will work together and once the draft is ready, there will be addition and deletion and we together will do it,” she said. 

Asked who will be the opposition’s PM face, she said: “We will sit together after results and decide everything.” 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp