“We want to maintain equidistance from BJP and Congress,” says SP after meeting with TMC

Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party on Friday gave feelers that they will not be forming alliances with the Congress for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

“Right now, our stand is we want to maintain equidistance from both the BJP and the Congress,” Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav told reporters after a meeting with the West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief at her home in Kolkata.

“In Bengal, we are with Mamata Didi,” Yadav added.

Mamata will meet her Odisha counterpart and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik on March 23, said Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

“We will discuss this with other Opposition parties. We are not saying it is a third front, but regional parties have the strength to take on the BJP,” Bandyopadhyay said to NDTV.

Akhilesh Yadav also said that in Uttar Pradesh, his party would contest next year’s elections with its existing allies. The Samajwadi Party had contested Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 with the Rashtriya Lok Dal and a slew of regional parties.