West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (File image)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly suggested the formation of a core group to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

According to Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav, the TMC chief floated the idea during a virtual meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

“Concerns were raised over how all institutions are supporting one party (BJP). Mamata Banerjee floated the idea of forming a core group for Opposition unity against BJP, whose meeting should be held every three-four days,” Times Now quoted Sharad Yadav as saying.

“Congress is the largest party (in Opposition) and it’s obvious that either Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi will chair the core group (for Opposition unity against BJP). I believe this will be everyone’s suggestion who participated in today’s meeting,” he added.

During the virtual meet, the Opposition leaders demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the use of Pegasus Spyware, speeding up of COVID-19 vaccination, free cash transfers of Rs 7,500 per month to all families outside the income tax bracket, repeal of three farm laws and compulsory guarantee of MSP to farmers.

In a joint statement after the meeting, they said they will jointly organise protest actions all over the country from September 20 to 30.

The leaders demanded “withdraw of unprecedented hikes in central excise duties on petrol and diesel, “reversal of the unbridled privatisation of the public sector”.

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