A day before campaigning for Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav amid Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday after landing in UP attended Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

Banerjee left for Varanasi in the evening after the proclamation of the result of the election of 108 municipal bodies. His party, the Trinamool Congress, defeated the opposition in 102 municipalities.

Tomorrow, the Trinamool Congress supremo will hold a joint rally with Akhilesh Yadav in Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, on Thursday and return to Kolkata on Friday evening.

“I am going to Varanasi to campaign for Samajwadi party and Akhilesh Yadav. I will also visit Vishwanath Mandir Ghat and light a Diya there,” she said at Kolkata airport.

Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary will join Samajwadi party chairman Akhilesh Yadav and TMC supremo Banerjee for Thursday’s joint rally in Varanasi.

Banerjee had visited Uttar Pradesh on February 7 and 8 and held a joint press conference with Yadav in Lucknow where she predicted victory for SP against BJP as her party in the state poll. West Bengal last year.

Meanwhile, Ms Banerjee earlier today criticized the central government for delaying the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine and asked when the government was aware of developments so why hadn’t he didn’t act sooner.

As part of the “Operation Ganga” mission, special flights are operated free of charge. The first such evacuation flight carrying 219 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine landed in Mumbai on February 26. Several such flights have already landed in India.

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Posted: Wednesday March 2nd 2022, 8:29 PM IST