Mamata uniting Oppn against communal BJP, says Akhilesh
Kolkata: Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday lauded the efforts of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to unite the entire Opposition. He also assured her of full support in her fight against the communal policies of the BJP.
Yadav, who was in the city to attend the state conference of his party, met Banerjee at her Kalighat residence in the late afternoon. Talking to reporters after the meeting, he said, "Mamata Banerjee is working hard to fight against the communal policies of the BJP at the centre. Her efforts are welcome to unite all Opposition parties to save the country from the hands of BJP's misrule is appreciable. The BJP has been pursuing the path of falsehood."
It should be noted that Banerjee, in her efforts to unite all Opposition parties, had said that she was willing to work with even the CPM and Congress at the national level despite being political adversaries in her state for the "greater interest" of ousting the BJP. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also praised the pro-people approach of Banerjee for the all-round development of Bengal and said that she is taking Bengal steadily on the path of progress.
Echoing the views of Banerjee, Yadav also alleged manipulation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the elections at Uttar Pradesh. "Wherever there has been voting in ballot papers, the BJP has lost while in places where EVMs have been used, they have won. This is what Digital India is all about," he quipped.
Yadav was accompanied by Samajwadi Party national Vice-President Kiranmoy Nanda. "The strategies for getting the entire Opposition on a single platform against the BJP were discussed in the meeting," a senior TMC leader said.
After the BJP won the Uttar Pradesh civic elections, allegations of rigging of electronic voting machines (EVMs) had surfaced. Banerjee had said that the Election Commission should convene an all-party meeting to discuss the matter.
"Whether one would accept or not is absolutely their choice. But the Election Commission may call an all-party meeting. Let the issue be discussed", Banerjee had said.
When she was asked whether she was in favour of an investigation into the charges of tampering of EVMs, she had said, "I have seen the Election Commissioner's version that there is nothing. But I have also gone through a video tape of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in which he says these EVMs can be tampered with."
Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page soon after the meeting, "Akhilesh Yadav visited me today at my residence. We had a very cordial interaction. My best wishes."