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Ahead of the meeting, Raut had on Sunday claimed that Banerjee was considering an alliance without the Congress.
Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut will meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi at 5 pm on Tuesday, amid questions raised over the existence of the UPA. Shiv Sena may be calling it a ‘routine’ meeting, but party sources say that it is an attempt by Shiv Sena to clear the misconceptions about the UPA during West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Maharashtra.
Through this sitting, Shiv Sena also wants to give the message that there is no problem in Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi ie Shiv Sena-NCP and Congress alliance. At the same time, efforts are being made to tell that Shiv Sena is constantly in touch with Congress and coordination is established between the two parties regarding their issues.
Mamta had said – UPA is not an alliance
Actually, Mamta Banerjee had met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar during the Maharashtra tour. After this he said in front of the media that UPA is not an alliance. It’s over. He also took a jibe at Rahul without naming him. It was said that no one does anything, if he lives abroad, how will he work?
Raut had said – without Congress there is no front
Ahead of the meeting, Raut had on Sunday claimed that Banerjee was considering an alliance without the Congress. Raut, in his weekly column ‘Rokhthok’ in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, had also claimed that Banerjee has said that her party TMC will not conduct political trials in Maharashtra. Significantly, the TMC leadership had said in the past that it would continue to form an alternate front as the Congress has “failed to lead the fight” against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Banerjee had said during her recent visit to Mumbai that “there is no UPA (UPA) anymore.”
Raut had further said that ‘It seems that Banerjee is thinking of doing something new by keeping the Congress out’. He had also claimed that during his meeting with Shiv Sena leader and state minister Aaditya Thackeray here a few days back, Banerjee had said that “we will not come here as Shiv Sena and NCP are strong”.