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Mamata in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec. 9: Mamata Banerjee arrived in Delhi today, ostensibly to attend a private event but presumably to get a sense of the political churning following the Congress’s defeats in four states.

The Bengal chief minister is scheduled to visit Parliament House tomorrow and hold informal chats with leaders of the various parties, Trinamul Congress sources said.

She is also expected to hold one-to-one discussions with leaders of the regional parties before returning to Calcutta on Wednesday.

Mamata wants to tap them on the possibility of a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative after the general election, Trinamul sources said.

Officially, Mamata has travelled to the capital to bless the newly wedded son and daughter-in-law of the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid.

Mamata’s visit comes on a day six anti-statehood Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh gave notice to move a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha.

YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy too is in Delhi to canvass support against the division of his state. Jagan recently met Mamata in Calcutta, and sources said they could meet again to discuss the anti-Congress sentiment in the country.

In the Lok Sabha, Trinamul members joined the Opposition in attacking the Congress and protesting the tabling of the joint parliamentary committee report on the 2G scandal.

The Opposition says the report has shielded the Congress ministers and laid the entire blame on former telecom minister and DMK leader A. Raja.