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Akhilesh Yadav In Bengal, To Meet Mamata Banerjee This Evening



Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre for misusing central agencies to “harass leaders and public representatives of opposition parties”, who pose a threat to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Akhilesh Yadav, who is in Kolkata to chair his party’s two-day national executive, is scheduled to meet West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee this evening.

“The ED, CBI, and Income Tax are political weapons of the BJP. Here in Bengal, the instances are less. In Uttar Pradesh, several of our (SP) leaders, including MLAs, are in jail in false and fabricated cases,” he told reporters after reaching Kolkata airport.

“The BJP sends the ED and CBI to harass those opposition parties which threaten it,” he said.

Samajwadi Party is holding its two-day national executive in Kolkata from March 18 to discuss policies and strategies for the assembly election in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh later this year and the Lok Sabha poll in 2024, sources in Samajwadi Party told Press Trust of India.

Mr Yadav is also scheduled to address the workers meeting at Moulali Yuva Kendra this afternoon. He will then go to Mamata Banerjee’s residence to meet her, the sources told Press Trust of India.

The two leaders share a very cordial relationship.

Akhilesh Yadav had lent his party’s support to Trinamool during the 2021 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.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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