Kolkata: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, on Wednesday, called on Mamata Banerjee and said her government was doing exactly the people demand.
The meeting took place on a day when the Samajwadi Party (SP) signified that it would prefer Left parties over the Trinamool Congress for the Third Front.
“I thank Didi (Mamata Banerjee) for her time. It doesn’t look good to come to Bengal and not meet her. She has come to power after lots of struggle and her government is working according to the expectations of the people,” said the Uttar Pradesh CM.
“I thank Akhilesh for taking out time and dropping by. We discussed several issues specially the new schemes that the respective new governments in the states have initiated. Both the governments are doing a good job,” Banerjee said after the meeting at the state secretariat, the Writers’ Building, here.
Akhilesh, son of SP chief Mulayam Singh, was accompanied by party general secretary Kiranmoy Nanda.
Earlier in the day, SP general secretary Mohan Singh talked about the formation of a Third Front as an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and had indicated the Left as a preferred choice.
“Trinamool is a prominent regional party. When we speak to other parties, we will be under compulsion to also speak with Trinamool,” Singh said.
“But the problem is that we have a traditional relation with the Left. During tough times, we have got support from (late CPI-M leaders) Harkishan Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu,” Singh had said on the first day of its two-day national executive here.
Earlier, Mulayam Singh had lavished praise on Banerjee.
“She is hard working, a fighter and stubborn. She has many good qualities which is why she is chief minister. I have great regard for her,” Mulayam had said on Tuesday.