West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said the Opposition will work together to ensure that the Narendra Modi government is defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
West Bengal TMC Mamata Banerjee
Photo Credit: Twitter West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Kolkata: The day is finally here when top political leaders from ‘Kashmir to Kanyakumari’, in Mamata Banerjee’s words, descend upon West Bengal’s capital to attend Trinamool Congress’ ‘United India’ anti-BJP rally at Brigade Parade grounds here to present a united face of the Opposition ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The rally began at 11.42 am Saturday with Mamata Banerjee inviting Hardik Patel for the opening address.
Both youth leaders from Gujarat hailed the TMC-led Opposition’s rally as an opportunity to turn the tide against the “unprecedented crisis” faced by the nation. Meanwhile, patidar leader Patel urged the people to fight against “thieves” in the country like Bengali freedom fighter Subhas Bose fought against the British.
Dubbed as ‘historic’ by the TMC supremo, the machinations of the Mahagathbandhan or grand alliance for the General Elections have been set afoot with this mega rally.
Leaders from more than 22 national and regional political parties which include a former prime minister and several union ministers, sitting chief ministers and former chief ministers will be present at the rally.
After the rally, the leaders will chalk its strategy to dethrone the BJP at Centre. Meanwhile, among political bigwigs that have already reached Kolkata for the rally include N Chandrababu Naidu, Omar Abdullah, HD Kumaraswamy, HD Deve Gowda, Akhilesh Yadav, Shatrughan Sinha among others.
“You will witness how big the representation will be this year from all regions. Heavyweight national leaders, including a former Prime Minister and ex-Chief Ministers will attend this meeting,” Banerjee said earlier.
Five massive stages have been set up at the venue with the main stage, opposite the Victoria Memorial Hall, will accommodate senior leaders including Mamata Banerjee.
On the right of the main stage there will be two stages, one for the MPs and State Government ministers and the other for the district presidents and functionaries.
The party workers who started coming to Kolkata from the districts from Thursday, January 17 are being accommodated at Gitanjali Stadium, Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Sector V and Central Park, Salt Lake and in dharamshalas in central and north Kolkata. From these places, the supporters will start marching towards ground zero at 6 am.
A thousand-strong group of folk artistes from Jhargram will also take part in the rally. There will be around 100 camps spread across the city to assist the attendees. More than 2,000 party supporters will be engaged as volunteers.
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Opposition leaders hold hands during the Kolkata rally in Brigade Parade, January 19, 2019
Anti-BJP party leaders attend rally hosted by Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress
On Saturday, at least two dozen top national leaders participated in a Trinamool Congress-hosted rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground. It’s part of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to bring the anti-BJP parties together on one platform.
Several leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Janata Dal(S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav have extended their support to Ms. Banerjee.