New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who had launched “Save Democracy” rally at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the people to elect an educated man for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Also Read - With 500 ICU Bed Facility, Delhi's Iconic Ram Leela Maidan Turns Into COVID Care Centre
Kejriwal amped the attack reiterating his charge that PM Modi isn’t Pakistan Prime Minister and hence shouldn’t behave like one. He said, “We didn’t bring down corruption, we finished it. Modiji locked up our anti-corruption branch. We want to tell Modi: You are not Pakistan PM, you are India’s PM. Who would want to attack Delhi like this? Only Pakistan.” Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme Reaches 7.03 Lakh Farmers In Bengal, Mamata Accuses Centre Of Dilly-Dallying Funds
Stating that it’s time to throw out Modi government, Kejriwal questioned the Modi government over Rafale. “Does it behove a PM to be sitting with an aviation company to decide the price of a fighter?” Narendra Modi should speak the truth on Rafale jet deal. As PM he is accountable to the nation,” said Kejriwal. Also Read - Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain Dies, PM Modi Expresses Grief
Apart from Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee too attacked the Prime Minister saying there isn’t any democracy left in the country but there is only ‘Namocracy’. AP CM Chandrababu Naidu also attacked the PM over demonetisation and GST and added that the country was in danger.
The rally saw West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in attendance.
Posters were put up in the national capital reading ‘Didi, no one is going to prevent you from addressing people’ ahead of the mega opposition rally.
AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai had said an invite was sent to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, adding that the AAP had invited all the opposition leaders who had gathered at a mega anti-BJP rally convened by Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Banerjee in Kolkata last month.
Sources said with months to go for the general election, the rally would serve to bring the opposition leaders together in firming up a “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) to challenge the BJP and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners.
The rally comes close on the heels of the opposition show of strength in Kolkata last month. All the opposition leaders had come together against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and vowed to fight unitedly to oust the Narendra Modi government which has “passed its expiry date”.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had held 12-hour long fast demanding special status category for his state.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and TMC leader Derek O’ Brien were among other opposition leaders who visited Andhra Bhavan to express their solidarity with Naidu, the supremo of Telugu Desam (TDP).