The three main opposition parties at the Center have decided to distance themselves from both the BJP and the Congress. This decision of the parties indicates that they will treat both these parties equally.
This decision has been taken after the meeting Samajjwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav with Trinamool Congress President Mamta Banerjee in Kolkata. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who heads the Biju Janata Dal, next week.
The BJP is demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi after he was recently accused of muting the microphones of opposition leaders in the Parliament of India during a speech in London.
Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “Rahul Gandhi made comments abroad and until he apologises, BJP will not allow Parliament to function. It means they don’t want to run Parliament using Congress. The BJP wants Rahul Gandhi to be the face of the opposition. So that it helps the BJP. There is no need to decide on the prime ministerial face (for the 2024 election).”
He said that it is an illusion of BJP to think that Congress is the ‘Big Boss’ of the opposition. The TMC leader said, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Naveen Patnaik on March 23. We will discuss this (plan to maintain equidistance from BJP and Congress) with other opposition parties. We are not saying that this will be the third front, but regional parties have the strength to counter the BJP.”
It may be known that SP President Akhilesh Yadav has confirmed that he wants to maintain equal distance from both Congress and BJP.
Akhilesh Yadav told reporters in Kolkata, “In Bengal, we are with Mamata didi. Right now our stand is that we want to maintain equal distance from both BJP and Congress.”
He said, “Those who get ‘BJP vaccine’ installed, they do not care about CBI, ED or I-T.”