Ahead of the national election, more than a dozen opposition parties came together at the “United India Rally” organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
The parties that came together reiterated their resolve to defeat the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Prominent amongst those who attended included Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, National Conference head Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, among others.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to the extent of saying that incumbent central government is now past its ‘expiry date’.
But the other political leaders raked up all kinds of issues including Rafale deal to alleged religious intolerance.
Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP was finally on the backfoot after “looting” the country for years, and their “Achhe Din” will not be back no matter what promises they make.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, whose arrival at the venue was delayed, described PM Modi as a “factory, wholesaler and distributor of lies”.
Rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha targeted PM Modi’s alleged silence on the Rafale deal at the mega rally.
Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu, in his address to the public, alleged that PM Modi is all talk and no action when it comes to serving the country.
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal claimed that while the BJP has certain achievements to its credit, they are decidedly dubious in nature.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav rejected the BJP’s argument that a grand alliance made up of so many disparate groups will not be able to choose a common face.
PM Modi, however, rejected the move by opposition parties to form a grand alliance.