2024 polls: Mamata says she will join hands with Nitish, Soren

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren along with other Opposition leaders will come together to fight the Lok Sabha polls in 2024.

“I, Nitish Kumar, Hemant Soren and many others will come together in 2024,” Banerjee said at an event of the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata.

“All opposition parties will join hands to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. All of us will be on one side and the BJP on the other,” she said.

“The BJP’s arrogance of 300 seats will be its nemesis,” Banerjee said.

“There will be ‘Khela Hobe’ in 2024.”

The slogan “Khela Hobe” or “the game is on” was used by the Trinamool Congress during the West Bengal Assembly elections in 2021.

Her announcement came a day after Nitish Kumar ended his three-day visit to New Delhi during which he met several leaders of the Opposition, including Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, in a bid to unite them against the BJP.

Banerjee also alleged that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is in India on abilateral visit, was not allowed to meet with her.

“This is the first time I saw that the PM of Bangladesh came and wanted to meet me but was not allowed,” the chief minister said. “I don’t know why they [the Union] are so angry.