Leader of India's West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee trying to forge national coalition against Modi

NEW DELHI – Ms Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister and leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has taken centre stage amid a mounting debate on whether an alliance of regional leaders can be an alternative to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP – in power at the federal level for seven years – has largely been feeble, given that the the country’s only other national party, the Congress, remains rudderless and riven by dissension.

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