No UPA Anymore: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar here and called for fighting the BJP unitedly while taking barely veiled swipes at the Congress leadership.

While Banerjee made remarks like “there is no UPA now” and one can not achieve anything by staying abroad “most of the time”, Pawar said leadership was not an issue at present and all like-minded parties were welcome to join the fight against the BJP.

If all “regional parties come together”, it would be easy to defeat the BJP, she said.

“We want to say BJP hatao, desh bachao (remove BJP, save the country),” she said, adding that her party Trinamool Congress (TMC) will not contest Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Banerjee is on a three-day visit to Mumbai starting November 30 to meet leaders of the Shiv Sena and NCP amid a strain in ties between her party and the Congress.

The TMC has inducted several Congress leaders in its fold and recently, 12 out of 17 Congress MLAs in Meghalaya defected to the party.

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