Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s is holding a mega Opposition rally against the Modi government.
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee will hold a mega rally for a grand alliance of opposition parties this noon.
More than 20 national leaders, including three present chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and H D Kumaraswamy; and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav and Gegong Apang will attend the meeting, TMC sources said. Most of them have already arrived in the city. The event — called the “United India Rally” — aims at uniting various political parties against the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Although the Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi decided to skip the event, the party send senior Congress leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
The TMC is making all efforts to make the event a grand success. Lakhs of TMC supporters and workers who arrived from various corners of the state have been put up in the outskirts of the city and in some auditoriums and stadiums.
A thick security blanket has been thrown on the sprawling Brigade Parade Ground – the venue for the mega rally – to prevent any untoward incident.
As many as 10,000 police personnel have been deployed and around 400 police pickets have been set up to ensure foolproof security.
Policemen in plain clothes, personnel of the Rapid Action Force and Quick Response Team have been deployed at the rally venue.
Samajwadi Party leader Danish Ali said that the rally was an effort to show opposition unity against the BJP. “This is the fight against the divisive forces that want to divide India. This is the effort to fight those forces. We are ready to do anything for a united opposition,” he said.