Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai today; likely to meet Sharad Pawar, Aditya Thackeray
Mumbai, Nov 30: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be in Mumbai on Tuesday and is expected to meet Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray.
Mamata will also meet industrialists in Mumbai on December 1 and invite them to Bengal Global Business Summit, to be held in April next year.
"Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won't be meeting Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has earlier announced that she will be meeting CM over several issues." said a statement from Shiv Sena.
"A meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray will take place in Mumbai today at 8pm. I will also join the meeting," said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
"Mamata Banerjee will be on three-day visit to Mumbai from tomorrow. She will hold meetings with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The CM also aims to attract investments to the state," a senior Trinamool leader told PTI.
The TMC chief's meeting with Thackeray and Pawar, two of the three coalition partners in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra, comes amid her party's widening rift with the Congress, which is the third partner in MVA.
Banerjee had last week visited Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for various demands of the state.
She, however, did not pay a visit to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, given the changed equation between the Trinamool and the grand old party.
The opposition unity to fight the BJP seems to have run into rough weather as the TMC and the Congress are at daggers drawn over the recent instances of ''poaching'' by the Mamata Banerjee-led camp, with the grand old party finding itself in a tight spot.
Despite a show of bonhomie during the August 20 meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the camaraderie fizzed out as the TMC, which is taking long strides to expand its footprint across the country, left no chance to vilify the party for its alleged failure to take on the saffron camp.