Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has said that his party will maintain equidistant from the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the Congress. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was in Kolkata to attend a party workers’ meet. He also called on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee ahead of the meeting where the two sides have agreed to join hands to keep the BJP and Congress at bay.
“In Bengal, we are with Mamata didi. Right now, our stand is that we want to maintain equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress,” Akhilesh said speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the meet. “The Samajwadi Party is ready to make any sacrifice to protect our Constitution. If we can defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP can be defeated across the country,” he added.
The remarks by Akhilesh, whose Samajwadi Party had tied up with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections mirror the statements of senior Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay following the meeting of the two leaders.
“We will go our own way, maintain distance from the Congress and the BJP
The Trinamool MP, however, ruled out the possibility of a third front at the moment.
Akhilesh Yadav’s meeting with Mamata Banerjee
According to a media report, Mamata is also scheduled to meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who heads the Biju Janata Dal, in the coming week. As per the report, the Trinamool, SP and the BJD are on the same page as far as maintaining equal distance from the BJP and Congress is concerned.