Though he is skipping the event, the Congress chief has now written to the Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee supporting her “United India rally” in Kolkata.
The occasion is being seen as congregation of grand alliance ahead of the national election.
It is also the congregation of parties who want to take on the BJP in the national election.
“I extend my support to Mamata Di on this show of unity and hope that we send a powerful message of a united India together,” Rahul Gandhi wrote in the message.
“The entire opposition is united in our belief that true nationalism and development can only be defended on the tested pillars of democracy, social justice and secularism, ideas that the BJP and Mr Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) are intent on destroying.”
Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are not attending Mamata Banerjee’s event; the Congress will be represented by Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Mayawati is another prominent absentee, though she too, will send her lieutenant Satish Mishra.
Those expected to attend the rally include former prime minister HD Devegowda, his son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy;
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav,
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav from the RJD.