Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday for the third meeting of INDIA alliance. Ahead of the meeting, Mamata took out time to meet the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan at his residence Jalsa. News agency ANI earlier reported that the 80-year-old actor invited Mamata Banerjee for tea at his residence on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Earlier today, Mamata Banerjee arrived at Mumbai airport where she was welcomed by Aditya Thackeray.
The legendary actor and his wife Jaya Bachchan share a good rapport with the West Bengal CM. Last year, Mr Bachchan even attended the opening ceremony for the inaugural Kolkata International Film Festival (KIIF), where Mamata even advocated the actor's name for Bharat Ratna.
Mamta Banerjee said, "Spoke about old days with Amitabh Bachchan and how he began his career from Calcutta. Jaya Bachchan too is heroine in a film and her song is very famous here. Bachchan Family of India. And they are the number one Indian family. Would have given Bharat Ratna to Amitabh Bachchan in one second. I respect them a lot. We will have be having dinner tomorrow. There will be discussion before dinner.
She also added, "There has been no talk about PM's face.PM's talk is secondary for us. The primary thing is to save India. It seems that if you want go to a shop the prices go down. First increasing the price and then reducing it at the time of election. There are very poor families in India, how will they survive even with Rs 800-900?"
Amitabh Bachchan on work front
The actor is currently busy with the 15th edition of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). On film's front, he was last seen in Sooraj Barjatya's Uunchai alongside Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. He has several projects in his kitty including Tiger Shroff's Ganapath, Kalki 2898 AD and an untitled project alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
About I.N.D.I.A Alliance meet in Mumbai
I.N.D.I.A bloc consists of 26 political parties including Mamata Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress (TMC). The bloc has organised their third meeting in Mumbai, which is to be held on August 21 and September 1. In this meet, the bloc will make final decisions on a range of issues, including who will be the convenor of the alliance and induction of new allies. They will also decide on the logo of the alliance and final strategies to carry out the campaign ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha Elections in 2024.