In the lack of any cohesive electoral strategy to tackle the Modi-Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) behemoth that aims to establish its rule in all 29 states and seven Union Territories, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav reached out to Tejaswi Yadav on Monday to extend his party’s support to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is in for the fight of her political life in the run up of the upcoming state elections.
“It is our duty to help Mamata Didi in her fight to keep the BJP out of Bengal,” Yadav, who met with the Trinamool Congress chief at her residence in Kolkata, said afterwards.
Stating his father Lalu Prasad Yadav had always had good relationship with Banerjee, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar said that the RJD would back the TMC in the coming state elections to keep the communal forces at bay in West Bengal.
“West Bengal has a sizeable population of Biharis who are with us and we are with them. It is our duty to support Mamata Didi who is fighting relentlessly against the communal forces who are all out to destroy the nation. This is what the BJP is dreaming about but we will stop them in West Bengal,” Yadav said.
Banerjee, who never shies away from taking a shot at the Modi-Shah duo, said that the NDA won in Bihar by cheating but they won’t be allowed to cheat in West Bengal.
“They cheated in Bihar and that’s how they won. They are trying to do the same in West Bengal. Just look at the election schedule; it is designed to favor the BJP.
West Bengal goes to poll in record eight phases starting from March 27 and ending on April 29. Results are to be announced on May 2.
Didi, as the West Bengal Chief Minister is often called by both her supporters and opponents, further said that the BJP was purposefully making sure RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav remained in jail because if he was released, that would spell the end of the BJP.
Meanwhile, reports from Uttar Pradesh suggested Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav had also reached out to Mamata Banerjee for a possible tie up in West Bengal.