"Delhi is a part of India and I visit the capital whenever Parliament is in session".
The goal of the meeting is ostensibly to chalk together a third front - an anti-BJP front - ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
On whether she would be meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during her visit to New Delhi, the chief minister said, "She is hospitalised".
The West Bengal chief minister will also meet rebel BJP leaders Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha and former Union minister Arun Shourie tomorrow. Asked about Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who was earlier with the opposition group before joining hands with BJP, Banerjee said, "Lalu ji will take care of him", implying that Prasad's RJD will lead the charge in Bihar. "It should be one fight", she said on opposition strategy. I have been a Parliamentarian myself and I know numerous leaders.
On 9 March, NCP leader Praful Patel had met her in Kolkata and invited her for a meeting with Pawar. Issues like demonetisation, GST, bank fraud have affected people even at the grassroot level.
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Banerjee only mentioned Sonia Gandhi, underlining that a meeting would happen "whenever Soniaji is well enough". At a press conference later, she said, "I am ready to speak to Maya-Akhilesh". "The Central Hall is a famous hall, where I will meet the leaders of my party and if the leaders of other parties want to meet me, I welcome them. We celebrate all kinds of festivals and rituals starting from Durga Puja to Ramadan and Christmas but always maintain peace and harmony", she claimed.
TMC sources told ThePrint that, after the meetings in Delhi, Mamata will try to reach out to regional parties such as the TDP, a former BJP ally, and the BJD in order to explore the possibility of getting them on board the idea.
The TDP has recently ended its four-year alliance with the BJP over its demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.
In her interaction with DMK MP Kanimozhi, Mamata Banerjee said that she is confident that the "DMK is coming to power" and the party has her support.
In political corridors, there have been suggestions that the opposition parties should put up common candidates against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to overthrow Saffron wings in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.