New Delhi, Nov 19: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee perhaps harboured the hope of bringing together the regional parties under one umbrella while attending the event to commemorate Jawaharlal Nahru's 125th birth anniversary organised by the Congress here. [Mamata Banerjee's many battles: We ask her 3 questions]
She was eager to join the event after getting invitation from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and even left her favourite film festival in Kolkata midway. It was the best opportunity to put in place a united front against the 'communal' BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she might have thought.
Sources in her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) later said the supremo was a bit disappointed with the arrangements. Banerjee was the only chief minister among the leaders of the regional parties present on the occasion but she seat in the audience row and also did not get any chance to speak on Nehru, which a number of former leaders from other countries did.
Banerjee met BJP leaders like Advani, Jaitley & Rajnath Singh during her visit
The leader did not stay till the lunch break and met Sonia Gandhi before departing. The latter also did not ask her to stay back, reports said. Banerjee also did not attend the dinner party on the final day of the event.
Banerjee reportedly said later that the Congress chief could have initiated talks for a secular alliance on the occasion. But she did not do it.