New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and extended his support to the mega rally of Opposition leaders scheduled for January 19 in Kolkata. Referring Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief as ‘Mamata Di’ in his letter, Rahul said he hoped the show of strength will send a powerful message of a united India. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah

“The entire opposition is united in our 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 Mr Modi are intent on destroying,” Gandhi stated. Also Read - Alliance on Cards? Mamata, Tejashwi Meet in Bengal Amid Speculation of TMC-RJD Tie up

Notably, both Gandhi and Banerjee are seen as aspirants to the post of prime minister. “I extend my support to Mamata Di on this show of unity and hope that we send a powerful message of a united India together,” Gandhi said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Enjoys Palm Fruit With Locals in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Video Goes Viral | Watch

“We commend the great people of Bengal who have historically been at the forefront of defending our ideals,” he added.

The Congress chief said that across India there are powerful forces afoot which are moved by the hope of a new tomorrow and people want an India where the voice of every Indian is heard and respected.

“Forces that are fanned by the anger and disappointment of hundreds of millions of Indians who have seen through the false promises and lies peddled by the Modi government.

“These forces are moved by the hope of a new tomorrow, a tomorrow filled with the idea of an India in which the voice of every man, woman and child will be heard and respected no matter what their religion, economic status or region,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi’s letter comes days after Congress leaders said that Gandhi will not be attending the mega opposition rally convened by Banerjee. The party, they said, will be represented by Leader of the party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi.