Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Opposition stages giant joint rally to oust Modi

Opposition stages giant joint rally to oust Modi

Police in the eastern city said 500,000 people turned out for the massive "Unite India" rally, which saw leaders from across the opposition spectrum rail against Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalist party.

More than 20 national leaders, including former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, his son and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, Sharad Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Hemant Soren and former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, reached Kolkata on Friday to take part in the rally.

Hundreds of kilometers away from Uttar Pradesh, the state's new political alignment will reflect in full glory here on Saturday at the mega anti-BJP rally being organised by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress. "When those involved in suffocating democracy talk of saving it, then people will say, 'Wah kya baat hai.'", he said. If we want to work for the betterment of all sections of the society, we need to remove the BJP from power. His mother Sonia Gandhi, the party's former president, said it was "an important attempt to galvanize leaders to fight the Modi government". They were scathing in their criticism of the NDA Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that democracy, the Constitution, institutions and the federal structure were all under attack. PM Modi, who was in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, said the mahagathbandhan was not against him but against the people of India. "We all have to fight together to ensure that they are defeated", Banerjee said.

He said the leaders had come together out of fear.

Mr Gadkari alleged that the Congress succeeded in creating a wrong perception that the BJP was a communal party representing only upper castes and was inimical to Dalit interests. "At the same time, they are so opportunistic. and can be present at any conclave".

"Only few hours to go for the historic "United India Rally" at the Brigade Parade Grounds".

In a huge show of strength, leading non-BJP leaders from around the countries gathered at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday. "My actions against corruption made some people angry as I prevented them from looting public money", Modi said.

Its leader, Rahul Gandhi, did not attend the rally but sent party representatives.

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