Kolkata, West Bengal: On March 19, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav asked Congress to “decide its role” in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He said, “BJP should be defeated in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Congress and several other parties should finalise their role,” in Kolkata after participating in SP’s two-day national executive meeting.
“Congress should decide its role regarding elections. CMs of many states are trying for a coalition that will work together. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is trying, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin is trying, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are also there. The name will be discussed later for the coalition,” he told ANI.
Furthermore, he claimed that the BJP will be defeated on all 80 seats in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He accused the BJP of not fulfilling promises made before the elections. He said, “We will defeat BJP on all 80 seats in UP. They do make promises when they need votes. The cost of living and unemployment has increased. They (BJP) have not fulfilled any promise that they made before the elections.”
SP discussed policies and strategies for upcoming assembly elections in three Hindi-speaking states and upcoming Lok Sabha elections during their national executive meeting. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav, MP Jaya Bachchan, SP’s state unit chiefs from 20 states and several other SP leaders participated in the meeting.
He claimed that the main question is the problems like unemployment and inflation faced by the common man while talking about the third front for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He said, “For 2024, you may call it the third front or an alliance, but this is not the question. The main issue is inflation. The youth are roaming around without jobs. The farmers’ lives have been destroyed. They (BJP) is showing dreams…but when will the youth get jobs?” It is pertinent to note that SP’s national executive meeting was held in Kolkata after a gap of 11 years.
[with inputs from ANI]