Mamata Banerjee meets Advani as she targets Modi govt over NRC

Mamata Banerjee meets Advani as she targets Modi govt over NRC

Courtesy : NJ TEAM02/08/2018 08:07

At a time when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is leading a frontal attack on the Narendra Modi government over the draft of National Register of Citizens for Assam, she called on veteran BJP leader LK Advani in his chamber inside Parliament building today. Mamata Banerjee is said to have sought blessings of the senior BJP parliamentarian.
News agency ANI posted a video of the two leaders where Mamata Banerjee is seen with LK Advani. The video shows the two leaders shaking hands and then Mamata Banerjee is seen moving to occupy chair opposite Advani's.
It is not yet clear as to what transpired between the two leaders. The Trinamool Congress chief called it "courtesy call". Their meeting lasted 20 minutes. Mamata Banerjee said, "I know Advaniji for a very long time. I went to enquire about his health. It was a courtesy call."
Mamata Banerjee's meeting with Advani has given rise to speculations about her plans to corner the Modi government on the question of NRC and other issues. She is meeting not only the Opposition leaders but also the "rebel" or "sulking" BJP leaders, who feel ignored under Modi-Shah domination in the party. 
Among those Mamata Banerjee met today was suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad, who held a brief chat with the West Bengal chief minister at the TMC office in Parliament. Mamata also met Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav.
Mamata Banerjee is also likely to meet leaders of more than a dozen Opposition parties and alliance partners of the BJP. Emerging after meeting Mamata Banerjee in Parliament, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Her efforts to unite Opposition leaders are commendable."
A day after NRC was released on July 30, Mamata Banerjee called it the BJP's agenda to divide the people of Assam for political benefits. She warned that the Assam NRC would lead to "civil war and bloodbath". 

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