Patna: In a unique coming together of sorts, the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal has called on the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to ensure full support to the Trinamool Congress in the upcoming West Bengal election.
Notablly former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader, Akhilesh Yadav has also called up Mamata over phone to extend full support.
Both Mamata and Tejashwi have addressed a joint press conference. Sources said that as RJD has no strong base in West Bengal it may not demand any seat and that the offer to back TMC would be one-sided as the larger goal is to defeat the BJP.
Mamata said Tejashwi’s fight is her fight and her fight is Tejashwi’s fight.
Tejashwi clarified his party is supporting Mamata, and not Congress.
RJD, which is in alliance with the Congress and Left parties in Bihar and is supporting them in Assam rejected the idea of joining the Congress-Left combination in West Bengal.
West Bengal watchers are of the view that the support of Tejashwi—and even Akhilesh—would be crucial to the TMC as there are sizeable Hindi-speaking voters in this state.