WITH MAMATA Banerjee making moves to expand Trinamool Congress’s footprint beyond West Bengal and bring together regional forces as an alternative, there is pressure on the Congress to resurrect the UPA, enlarge the coalition and adopt a model of collective leadership. It is learnt that a revamp of the UPA leadership is on the discussion table.
Amid the churning in the opposition camp and positioning by the Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday met senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The Shiv Sena, which shares power with the Congress and NCP in Maharashtra, believes an opposition grouping without the Congress will be meaningless. At the same time, sources said, the Shiv Sena wants the Congress to be accommodative.