To continue her second phase of anti-demonetisation protests, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to visit the national Capital on December 26. Party sources said that Banerjee is likely to take part in an all-party meet scheduled for the following day. Mamata is also expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss issues related to Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee has already announced a statewide campaign Modi Hatao Desh Bachao last week while addressing the media in Kolkata. The eight-day campaign will begin from January 1, coinciding with the foundation day of the Trinamool Congress, and will continue for a week. Reportedly, Banerjee is also likely to hold a separate meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Party sources asserted that she might be holding a meeting with leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi. “She wants all these parties to continue the struggle against the Centre and spread the same across the country,” a TMC senior leader asserted.
Reportedly, the Congress is also trying to unify the Opposition parties by holding meetings ahead of important Assembly polls. At the same time, according to TMC insiders, Banerjee has no objection in joining the Congress-sponsored meeting of all the Opposition parties in the Capital but she herself might not attend the same.
Banerjee, who has been opposing Centre’s demonetisation move and demanding its rollback since the beginning, had participated in a protest dharna in Delhi besides holding protest meetings in Lucknow and Patna last month.