Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Opposition leaders arrive for Mamata Banerjee’s ‘United India Rally’

Opposition leaders arrive for Mamata Banerjee’s ‘United India Rally’

Speaking on the occasion, DMK Chief MK Stalin hit out at Modi.

Modi, whose BJP won a landslide victory in 2014 and now seeking another term, faces rising discontent over unemployment and economic inequality. "We must come together to safeguard India". "We all have to fight together to ensure that they are defeated", Banerjee, the last speaker, said.

Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah (both National Conference). He demanded that the EVMs should be banned from the poll process. But the party was represented by Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Politics of revenge has never been played in the country.

Regional parties hold the key as they dominate the eastern states of West Bengal, Odisha, and the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which together send 161 members to the 543 constituencies of parliament's lower house. Never before were institutions undermined in this manner.

Training guns at the Modi government on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, demonetisation and implementation of GST, the disgruntled BJP MP said, "If you keep suppressing facts, people will continue to say "chaukidar chor hain". So many opposition parties are taking part in it and we are also part of it. Highlighting his government's achievements in the last 5 years.

- Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani: The country is passing through an unprecedented crisis. The All India Trinamool Congress tweeted that lakhs are present at the rally venue.

- Mamata Banerjee arrives for the "United India" opposition rally at Brigate parade grounds.

Leaders of the Left parties were also missing from Saturday's line-up, reflecting tensions among opposition parties on who would be their prime ministerial candidate against Modi.

"Only few hours to go for the historic "United India Rally" at Brigade Parade Grounds". "My actions against corruption made some people angry as I prevented them from looting public money", Modi said.

"My elder brother Yashwant Sinha was saying that after this I will be definitely removed from the party, I told him "koi baat nahi hai" (no problem)", he said at the rally attended by several opposition leaders, including from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal, among others.

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