New Delhi: In yet another show of unity against the BJP in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, opposition leaders are set to meet at a mega rally at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday and seek to corner the Modi government on various issues.
The “Save Democracy Rally” is being organised by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has been critical of the BJP and its leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee has already reached Delhi to attend the rally.
AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai told PTI that apart from Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar would also attend the rally.
Leaders from the Samajwadi Party (SP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and other parties would address the mega rally, he said.
Asked if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would also attend the rally, Rai said an invite was sent to him, 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 proposed rally comes almost a month after leaders from 22 anti-BJP parties came together at the TMC-led mega rally in Kolkata on January 19 and declared they will fight unitedly to oust the Narendra Modi government which has “passed its expiry date”.
Two days ago, Naidu’s daylong fast at Delhi’s Andhra Bhawan over his demand for special status for his state became a rallying point for opposition unity for the second time in less than a month to fight the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
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).
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut also made a surprise appearance at Naidu’s ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (day-long protest for justice) that began at 8 am. Raut said he came to attend the event as a representative of the Shiv Sena, amid strains with senior ally BJP.