As part of her series of outreach meetings in the national capital, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at latter's residence on Wednesday. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was also present at the meeting at 10, Janpath, the residence of Sonia Gandhi. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo has been reaching out to various opposition leaders in a bid to bring together the non-BJP forces ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing the media just after the meeting, Mamata said, "The meeting with Sonia Gandhi was good. We discussed Covid and Pegasus issue." Talking about a united Opposition, she said, "I alone can't do anything. Everyone has to come together."
Later in the evening the TMC chief also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at her nephew and party's national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee's house. The Delhi CM was accompanied by AAP's spokesperson Raghav Chadha.
She remained ambivalent on being the face of the Opposition to take on the BJP, saying it will depend on the situation. "I want to help all the opposition parties to bell the cat. I don't want to be a leader, but a simple cadre," she said on the leadership issue.
"I am not a political astrologer. It depends on the situation, structure. I have no problem if someone else leads. When the matter is discussed we can decide. I cannot impose," Banerjee told a select group of reporters here when asked if she would be the face of the Opposition to take.
On the Pegasus row, she said the situation was more serious than Emergency and accused the Centre of being unresponsive.