Mamata’s chai pe charcha with Anjana, Chitra and Preeti

As Parliament’s Monsoon Session is disrupted over points like Pegasus, worth rise and Covid, Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi, assembly Opposition leaders and getting ready for her new innings after the Bengal victory.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mamata Banerjee had a chai pe charcha (dialogue over tea) with journalists through which India Today Group’s Anjana Om Kashyap, Chitra Tripathi and Preeti Choudhry additionally participated. What was the message that the Bengal CM tried to ship out by this assembly in Delhi? This is what India Today’s Anjana Om Kashyap, Chitra Tripathi and Preeti Choudhry needed to say:


It’s attention-grabbing to see a state chief minister come to Delhi and have an off-record assembly with the media. Invited to the assembly, I additionally went there. There was a shine of victory and self-confidence on Mamata Banerjee’s face. As if she had discovered the mantra to defeat Prime Minister Modi. She usually reiterated that there was no must worry Modi and Amit Shah. She repeatedly tried to ship out a message: ‘We have the mantra to take on Modi and we have taught them this lesson in Bengal.’

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She gave her most emphatic reply when a journalist requested: ‘Having come from Bengal, do you think you will be able to unite the Opposition?’ She mentioned: ‘If Modi and Shah can come from Gujarat and rule in Delhi, why can’t I come? Am I an outsider? They had been outsiders in Bengal. I’m from Bengal. But if anyone can come from Gujarat and rule in Delhi, why can’t I come from Bengal and unite the Opposition?’

When requested in regards to the Opposition’s face, she mentioned: ‘Wait for some time. Several parties have to come together and chalk out a strategy.’ However, she didn’t give a major reply to the query of Sharad Pawar. That means the image could possibly be even greater within the days to return. Through the actions up to now, she is attempting to ship out the message that the Opposition should unite.

Today, 14 Opposition events held a gathering in Delhi chaired by Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha. Rahul Gandhi additionally participated within the assembly. But TMC MPs had not been invited to this assembly. That means Opposition unity appears to be already displaying indicators of falling aside. Be that as it could, Mamata is self-confident. She took a number of questions and by no means appeared like dropping her cool. She additionally tried to offer a message to the media that there isn’t any must worry.

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She mentioned all Opposition events are elevating points however Snoopgate is the largest situation that they may elevate extra aggressively. Mamata additionally indicated that she is prepared if Opposition events invite her to marketing campaign within the UP election. That means Mamata can even be energetic within the UP election. Through this assembly, she tried to inform Opposition events and the media that she had discovered the method to defeat Modi and Shah.


Mamata Banerjee is stuffed with enthusiasm after successful Bengal. During back-to-back conferences with leaders, Mamata Banerjee met journalists and candidly responded to all questions. In Delhi, she is planning to defeat the BJP. She repeatedly confronted the query as to who will tackle Modi. She talked about points and her total focus was on the truth that it gained’t be troublesome to defeat the BJP if the Opposition unites.

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This was Mamata Banerjee’s casual assembly with journalists. All cameras had been outdoors. But TMC’s cameras and mic had been obtainable for journalists. She held the mic and mentioned journalists are extra fascinated with what information they’re getting than tea and snacks. When she attacked the BJP in her type, everybody smiled.

When my flip got here, I requested three questions. First: Your face was there in Bengal; large hoardings mentioned Bengal needs its daughter; this slogan labored and you had an enormous victory. But your ballot strategist Prashant Kishor mentioned in the course of the election itself that it may well’t be denied that Modi is the largest face within the nation. So, which Opposition chief will take him on? Second: During the election, your occasion repeatedly mentioned that you’ll go to Prime Minister Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi. What’s your Varanasi plan now? Third: The SP campaigned for you in Bengal. Will you go to marketing campaign for the SP?

Answering all three questions with ease, Didi mentioned, ‘People, not I, will defeat the BJP.’ She mentioned what’s wanted now could be Opposition unity and the Opposition face can even emerge afterward. Right now, all the focus is on defeating the BJP. The child isn’t born but and you’re asking about Annaprashan.’ On the query of Varanasi, she mentioned with a smile: ‘I will definitely go to Varanasi. The food is delicious there. I like the atmosphere. The Ganga, the ghats everything is very good.’

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Didi tried to do Khela by these traces whereas not saying something straight. She hinted that she would go to Kashi when the time comes.

UP could have Assembly polls in six months. She appeared enthused about this election, too. She mentioned she is going to go to marketing campaign if the events there invite her. Referring to the August 16 Khela Diwas, she mentioned Khela has occurred in Bengal. She mentioned with a smile: ‘Khela will now begin in the country.’

When requested who will lead the Opposition in opposition to Modi in 2024, she mentioned, ‘Everybody must come together to defeat the BJP. I can’t do something alone. Everyone should work collectively. I’m no astrologer. I don’t need to impose a face. This will depend upon the scenario then. I don’t have an issue if one other face emerges from the Opposition. When we’ve a dialogue on it, we’ll resolve. I don’t need to be the chief. I need to work as an extraordinary cadre.’

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The final time I noticed her was in an election rally on a wheelchair and a leg in a solid. When the nationwide anthem performed on the finish of the rally, Mamata Banerjee struggled to face up however rise up she did to rapturous applause then and rise up she did to what the BJP perceived to be a groundswell of anti-incumbency in Bengal. There is that this factor about notion; issues seldom are what they seem like.

A really indignant Mamata getting into a hoop like a wounded pugilist trying to punch means over her weight was a picture that I had perceived earlier than I noticed her once more in Delhi on Wednesday. What I did see was the swag of a world champion who appeared assured she owned the ring. There is that this factor about success, it softens the tough edges, it ebbs the anger, the frayed nerves and the sheer sweetness of it attracts all to the victor.

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So, when Didi decides to fulfill a bunch of choose journalists on her 5-day Delhi journey, there’s a little bit of hustling to get on to that listing. The venue was a bungalow, a stone’s throw from Parliament in Lutyens’ Delhi. As you made your means in by heavy safety ‘manned’ by Mamata’s seasoned posse of feminine safety personnel, the very first thing one noticed was TMC beat reporters understandably arguing with the TMC media cell for being overlooked of the ‘listing’. It was Didi’s trusted aide of a few years ‘Ratan Da’ who intervened and the TMC reporters had been let in.

With about 60 journalists throughout publications and channels, Mamata Banerjee acquired into an off-the-cuff freewheeling chat the place the character of her go to to Delhi, her nationwide ambitions and Opposition unity had been mentioned. What was a marked distinction in her manner for individuals who noticed her in election mode was this ease — the ‘avenue fighter’ appeared to be resting on her newly minted laurels, even when briefly.

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As Didi took questions, the hallmark ‘mercurial Mamata’ was lacking. Though there have been flashes of her outdated self. When piqued by sure questions, Mamata Banerjee in her quintessential Didi type scolded the scribes who questioned her about being an outsider in Delhi, giving the instance of Modi from Gujarat, and how ‘Delhi’ journalists deal with him as an insider however her as an outsider. I notably do not envy the journalist who, when commenting on the similarities between PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee, was made to elucidate by instantly enraged Didi on what attainable similarities there could possibly be between the 2.

The Bengal CM took questions for about 45 minutes straight, whereby even chiding journos for asking two questions as a substitute of 1 however obliging all. In what has been her endearing hallmark recalled by these of us who’ve tracked her the longest, Mamata Banerjee saved asking her employees to ply the keen journalists with scorching cups of tea and snacks on a rain-soaked afternoon.

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What was of significance right here was the normally reticent Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Mamata Banerjee and the person who now seems to be to be the second in command, interacting with the ‘Delhi’ band of journalists with ease and function.

The assembly ended with the nationwide anthem – and then her employees member gave a vote of thanks in Bengali. Mamata Banerjee was fast to ask him to repeat it in Hindi and English — and in there lay the operative a part of the significance of this vital go to.

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