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TMC and SP decide to work together to fight BJP

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KOLKATA, March 17 (PTI): The Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party will work together to fight against the BJP nationally, senior SP leader Kiranmoy Nanda said after a meeting between the supremos of the two parties, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav, on Friday.

Yadav, Nanda, who is an SP national vice president, and other leaders called on Banerjee at her residence in Kalighat here, and they held an hour-long closed-door meeting.

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“It has been decided that the TMC and the SP would work unitedly to fight the BJP.  “Both the parties would also maintain distance from the Congress,” Nanda told PTI after the meeting.

Yadav said that his party is following a policy of maintaining distance from both the BJP and the Congress.

He told reporters that regional parties will chart their course of action in the days to come.

“We share a very cordial relationship with Mamata Banerjee.  “Naturally, the present political situation of the country was discussed during the meeting,” he said.

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When asked about the role of the Congress on the opposition front, Yadav said the grand old party has to decide this on its own.

“Regional parties are competent enough to decide their roles. The Congress has to decide its role. Nobody should take any step that might have any adverse impact (on fighting the BJP),” he said, while adding there are several faces in the opposition camp who can become prime minister.

The Trinamool Congress is yet to come out with any official statement on the meeting, except for a tweet sharing pictures of both leaders greeting each other.

“The Hon’ble President of the @samajwadiparty Shri @yadavakhilesh called on our Hon’ble Chairperson Smt. @MamataOfficial today in Kolkata.” The AITC tweeted.

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Yadav had lent his party’s support to the TMC during the 2021 West Bengal assembly poll, which was reciprocated by Banerjee when she campaigned for the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister during the 2022 election in that state.

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