Oppn parties set to join hands at Kolkata rally

Kolkata, Jan 18 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/18/2019 12:21:04 PM IST

Days after the BJP blew the election bugle at its National Council Meet in Delhi, Opposition parties are now preparing to flex muscles in Kolkata.

The Opposition forces are set to join hands at a rally at the historic Brigade Ground in Kolkata on Saturday.

According to The Tribune, driven by Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the message to take on the BJP ruled ‘communal’ alliance will resonate loud and clear at the gathering.TMC sources on Friday claimed that a massive crowd of 40 lakh people is expected, with estimated 4 lakh already having converged in the city. 

Of the political opponents of the Narendra Modi government, those expected to be present on stage include AkhileshYadav (SP), Satish Misra (BSP), CB Naidu (TDP), MK Stalin (DMK), HD Kumaraswamy and HD Devegowda (JDS), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP), Dr. Farooq Abdullah and  Omar Abdullah (NC) , Tejashwi Yadav (RJD) Sharad Pawar (NCP), Ajit Singh/Jayant Chowdhury (RLD) , former JDU leader Sharad Yadav. BJD, TRS and Left parties will, however, be missing on the stage.

BJP Lok Sabha MP from Bihar Shatrughan Sinha is also expected to join forces with former party colleagues-turned-fierce critics of Modi—Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie.

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang, who recently resigned from the primary membership of the party after penning a scathing criticism of the top leadership in a letter to Amit Shah, is expected to attend the rally. 

Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (JMM), Opposition Leader in Mizoram  Lalduwahawma (ZNP) and young firebrands Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani will also be part of the rally, said sources. 

Ahead of the rally, taking a dig at PM Modi, Hardik Patel in a post on Twitter questioned the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat summit and investment figures in thousands of crores claimed by the government. ‘When will people get jobs’, he asked.  

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi who is giving the rally a miss has nominated senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge to represent the Congress at the event organised by the TMC.

Nation waiting for a new Prime Minister: Akhilesh

Meanwhile, according to PTI, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Friday said the nation is waiting for a new prime minister and a message of change would go out loud and clear from the mega opposition rally of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress on Saturday here.
Yadav alleged the incumbent government at the Centre was responsible for causing distress to people from all walks of life across the country, including farmers, youth, poor and traders, and everyone was looking for a change.
“The country wants a new prime minister. The country is waiting for a new Prime Minister,” Yadav said at the NSC Bose Airport after reaching the city to attend the January 19 public rally at the invitation of West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee.
Praising Banerjee for inviting “all leaders” for the rally, Yadav said she is giving a strong message by doing so to the entire country.
“The message that will go from Bengal and from Didi (Banerjee) will be the message for change,” he said.
Entire nation united to defeat BJP: Deve Gowda
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda Friday said the entire nation was united to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, PTI reported.
He praised West Bengal chief minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee and termed her efforts to make way for a secular government in the country as “historic”.
“Mamata is a great leader. She is hard working and such people are required in politics,” Gowda said on his arrival here ahead of Saturday’s mega opposition rally.
“Her decision to make way for formation of a secular government is historic”, he added.
The president of the Janata Dal (Secular) later met Banerjee. 
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar too lauded Banerjee’s efforts to bring all opposition parties on one platform.
“Mamata has taken the initiative to bring all political parties together,” Pawar said.
“BJP is spreading canards across the country. There should be an end to it,” he added.

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