On a day when the Samajwadi Party (SP) indicated it would prefer Left parties over the Trinamool Congress for the Third Front, party leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat 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.
"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 Tuesday.