When she had first brought up the idea of a federal front - as a counter to big players BJP and the Congress - Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a key potential member. "I don't believe they are any threat for us (from BJP), because regional parties are enough to tackle them", she stressed.
"They (BJP) divide the caste and party. We say Jai Jagannath as there is no caste, creed and religion in the Jagannth culture", said Banerjee. But yes they are dividing everyone, people and even political parties.
"All the regional parties are always in touch with each other".
Bhubaneswar: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her efforts to build a "federal front" to counter the growth the BJP was on and she would continue to pursue it. "We love regional parties and we want regional parties to persist and grow".
"We are already in the federal structure". Will write to Naveen Patnaik Ji, Hon'ble CM of Odisha on this matter & request him to open Odisha Nivas Canteen for common public in line with latest initiative of #EveryoneVIPinNewIndia put forth by Hon'ble Prime Minister. "However, regional parties must get together to defend themselves", said Ms Banerjee.
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The two chief ministers, who spoke to the press together, maintained that their meeting was not political in nature and it was out of courtesy.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik removed the red light from his official vehicle and went back to his residence from the secretariat without the beacon today, immediately after the Union cabinet's decision to ban use of such lights atop VIP vehicles.
The TMC supremo said "I?m deeply honoured that Naveenji gave me time". His father Naveen Patnaik was very fond of me.
"I wish Naveenji good health and that his party do better", she added.
Responding to a poser on having discussions on forming an alliance to stand against the BJP, Patnaik said they did not have any talks regarding the same.