Mamata Banerjee reaches out to Stalin, party says unity move 'on track'

Gauhati MP Bijoya Chakravarty celebrates the BJP's victory in Tripura at the party's head office in Guwahati on Saturday

Gauhati MP Bijoya Chakravarty celebrates the BJP's victory in Tripura at the party's head office in Guwahati on Saturday

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has floated the idea of a Third Front against the BJP, Congress.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's political outreach efforts to give shape to a third front that excludes BJP and Congress took a step ahead after she spoke to MK Stalin, the functioning president of Tamil Nadu's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, in a telephonic conversation yesterday.

He said that the BJP and the IPFT have unleashed widespread attack against Leftist members following their victory in Tripura, and added that the people there would bravely resist the attacks against them.

During the routine district crime review meeting with police commissioner (CP) Lakhsmi Narayan Meena, Miss Mamata Banerjee was visibly upset with the deterioration of law and order situation in Asansol Durgapur Police Comissionerate areas where crimes like bank loots have become common. The election is at least a year away. We have been fighting against Trinamool Congress for years. "They have said they will capture Bengal, we will capture Red Fort before their win in Bengal". She said she had offered the Congress 20 seats. "Already we have Congress, Vaiko's MDMK, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Indian Union Muslim League in the alliance".

"It is true that the CPI-M has lost in Tripura". Several leaders, including AIMIM chief Asaduddin6 Owaisi, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and two MPs from Maharashtra, have extended support to Mr Rao's proposal.

Kolkata: Following the BJP's historic win in the Tripura assembly elections, the party's West Bengal unit on Saturday said this will surely impact state politics and predicted a "sea change" in Bengal's political scenario in six months.

"The victory of the BJP in Tripura using the power of the Centre, flooding in money, and by joining hands with the separatists is not just backlash to the Communists but to the entire secular-democratic forces in the country", he said in his Facebook post.

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