Bhubaneswar: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday, fuelling speculations of a united third front to oppose the ruling central party.
BJP’s attempts to malign TMC resulted out of frustration, said Mamata. It is trying to drive a wedge between various communities and religions
Banerjee has been visiting the state to meet TMC MPs Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandopadhyay, who are behind the bars over Narada Sting involvement.
Both the Chief Ministers held a courteous meeting bereft of any political talks. Mamata addressed the media post the meeting. She said, “BJD, TMC are regional parties. We want all such parties to continue working towards the development. This is the most potent way to strengthen the multi-federal structure of the government as mentioned in the Constitution.”
“No party should discriminate on the basis of religion or caste. Even inter-religion divisions should not be encouraged,” she added. Mamata dropped subtle hints on how secular regional parties should be united against the rising religious intolerance by the leading party, but refrained from naming one.
Mamata feels that neighbouring states should maintain a cordial relationship. I knew Biju Pattanaik Ji very well. I remember the days when he was CM, she recollected.
She, however refrained from commenting any coalition with Patnaik’s Biju Janta Dal in the upcoming elections.
On her visit to Puri’s Jagannath temple, which were amidst much controversies, she insisted that the temple is for all caste, race.
A sevayat of the temple, claimed that the servitors were annoyed with Banerjee as she had allegedly supported the consumption of beef and allegedly threatened to bar her from entering. However, officials ruled out such claims and Mamata performed the evening rites on Wednesday.