Puri: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will be on an unofficial three-day visit to Odisha from Tuesday.
She will reach Bhubaneswar today evening and proceed to Puri, where she will spend the night at Nirman Nivas. Banerjee will visit the Jagannath Temple her on Wednesday to offer her prayers to the Holy Trinity. Special arrangements will be made for Mamata’s darshan on Wednesday as the Banaklagi ritual will be performed in the temple on the same day.
The West Bengal Chief Minister is scheduled to leave for Bhubaneswar on Wednesday to meet the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik before taking the return flight to Kolkata from Bhubaneswar.
Though the visit has been described as ‘unofficial’, the one-to-one meeting scheduled between Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik has sparked speculation regarding the West Bengal Chief Minister’s initiative to forge an alliance of the regional parties for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, keeping the Congress at bay.