Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party signaled Friday they would remain equidistant from Congress and BJP while striving to cobble together an anti-saffron “third front” without the grand old party getting any chance to play “the big boss of the opposition” . Akhilesh met the Bengal CM at her residence in Kolkata hours after their parties appeared to find common ground in jointly resisting what he termed “political misuse of central agencies against opposition parties” by the BJP-led government at the Centre. The SP chief later tweeted two pictures from the 30-minute meeting. “Had a meeting with everyone’s favorite Didi in Kolkata today,” he wrote. Akhilesh said his party’s decision on whom to align with was based on political realities. “In Bengal, we are with Mamata Didi…Does Congress have any stake in UP?” news agency PTI quoted him as saying.
Mar 18, 2023, 08:06 AM ISTSource: mirror now