Kolkata: In a setback to the grand old party Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year both Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress (TMC) had decided to maintain ‘equidistance’ with both BJP and Congressin the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav who met TMC chairman Mamata Banerjee at her residence in Kolkata said that the Congress should first decide on their stand.
Commenting on the raids at the homes of various leaders, Yadav said that earlier Congress used to use the central agencies and now BJP is using the agencies like ED, CBI to residences of party leader whom they are scared of.
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“I have personally good terms with didi. We have spoken on many political issues. Right now we will maintain equidistance with both BJP and Congress. Those regional political parties which are strong will have their own role to play,” said Yadav.
Asked about the Prime Minister’s face in the opposition camp to which the Samajwadi Party chief said that the face will be decided after the election.
Earlier this day talking to the media, Yadav claimed that the way Didi had ‘stopped’ BJP in West Bengal, the saffron camp should be stopped also in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and other places.
“In Bengal less TMC leaders are behind bars, in UP several leaders of Samajwadi Party have been slapped with false cases. Those whoever was and is in power in Delhi have always used CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) politically. BJP should look back in their poll manifesto to review the promises that they have not kept,” mentioned Yadav.
On the other hand, after attending TMC organizational meet chaired by TMC chairman Mamata Banerjee, TMC Lok Sabha MP Sudip Bandhopadhyay said that ‘we are not talking for any third front at the moment.’
“Congress thinks that they are the Big Boss of the opposition. This should not be the attitude. The party would hold deliberations with powerful regional parties. At least 15 parties broke their ties with NDA, we will also hold talk with them. BJP is trying to make Congress’ Rahul Gandhi as the face of the opposition. By this it will be easier for BJP to win the election. Congress and BJP have friendship in Bengal,” said Bandhopadhyay.
The TMC MP also confirmed that Mamata Banerjee will meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik on March 23 and also soon will meet other regional parties.
It may be noted that on March 2, Mamata said that TMC will ‘walk alone and will form alliance with the common people during 2024 election’.
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