New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, terming them ‘dangerous’ for the country. “Mamata didi has called all non BJP parties as the Modi-Shah jodi (duo) is very dangerous and the country needs to be saved from them. They should be defeated at any cost in forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” said the Delhi Chief Minister after reaching Kolkata to support Trinamool Congress (TMC)- led ‘United India’ Rally.
He also heaped praise on Banerjee saying, “I appreciate her move to initiate a rally against them (Narendra Modi, Amit Shah).”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took a dig at rally and said that all those who are attending the event are ‘tired wrestlers’. “Ye sab thake huye pite huye pehelwan hain jo akhaade mein ja kar phir apni qismat aazmana chahte hain. Pehla gathbandhan(in Karnataka) hi is haal mein hai toh aage kya hoga,” said Naqvi.
Echoing similar views Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo hit out at TMC and blamed mega ‘United India’ rally for causing inconvenience to commuters by “bringing traffic to a standstill”. By putting the traffic on stand still and harassing the general public, TMC wants to stand up for the state’s well fare? How ironical! I urge all to share their today’s traffic woes,” the singer-turned-politician tweeted.
About the ‘United India’ rally
Convened by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who is aiming to project herself as the face of the Opposition, the ‘United India’ rally is being attended by the who’s who of Indian politics — a former prime minister, several current and former chief ministers and stalwarts from various political outfits from across the country. Banerjee has arranged for a tea party for her guests at 4 pm on Saturday after the rally gets over. The venue is Soujanya, a new state government guest house, modelled after New Delhi’s Hyderabad House. The leaders are likely to address the media about their deliberations post tea party.
On Friday itself, Banerjee called on former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who have been lodged in different hotels.
While Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi have given the rally a miss, they have deputed senior party functionary and leader of the party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
The Congress President on his part sent a message to Mamata Banerjee on Friday extending his support to the event hoping that the “show of unity” will send a powerful message of “a united India together” for ideas that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were intent on destroying.
Describing the Trinamool Congress chief as “Mamata Di” in the message, he said the entire opposition was united in its belief that true nationalism and development can only be defended on the tested pillars of democracy, social justice and secularism, “ideas that the BJP and Modi are intent on destroying.”
Over 20 leaders from more than ten parties are attending the rally and the tea party.