Anti-NDA rally declares Modi Govt's expiry date
Kolkata: Leaders from over 22 Opposition parties came together on Saturday, vowing at a mega rally here to put up a united fight in the coming Lok Sabha elections and oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. The leaders attended the show of unity organised by Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The leaders called for putting the differences between the parties aside, and said they can decide on issue of prime minister's post after the elections. Some suggested that the Opposition should aim at putting up a joint candidate against the BJP nominee in every constituency.
They also decided to hold more joint rallies ahead of the elections, which are to be held by May. The next public meetings will be in New Delhi and Andhra Pradesh capital Amravati. The two top Congress leaders, party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, skipped the Kolkata rally.
Addressing the mammoth event, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said a committee should be formed to prepare the common election manifesto. "Forget the difference and come together. We should gain the confidence of the people that a coalition government can give a stable government," he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah alliance has ruined the country. "People are fed up with them. The youths do not have jobs and farmers are committing suicide," he added. He also maintained: "Recently, Amit Shah had said that if the BJP comes to power in 2019, it will rule the country till 2050. If it comes to power, it will change the Indian Constitution and put an end to elections. In 1931, after Hitler became the German Chancellor, he scrapped elections and started the dictatorial form of government which finally ruined Germany. We cannot allow such a thing to happen in India. We should all work to defeat the BJP."
Kejriwal also stated that the BJP is suffering from tremendous insecurity as they often ask as to who is going to be the Prime Minister. Our reply is very simple: "The first boy has failed and now we want to know whom the BJP is going to project as their Prime Minister," he said adding "BJP leaders and workers are maligning women on social media regularly and it is most unfortunate that the Prime Minister follows them on Twitter."
He also added: "It was Pakistan's dream to split this country into pieces. This BJP government is going ahead in that direction by creating enmity among people and dividing the nation on the lines of religion, language."