Today was marked as the biggest day in the preparation of 2019 Lok Sabha elections (till now). A number of opposition leaders gathered joined hands and said that they will remove the politics of hate.
The rally was organised in Kolkata by Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. It was named ‘United India Rally’.
From the national level, parties like the Indian National Congress to very small regional parties were present in the rally. As many 22 parties showed their presence there. Interestingly, Shatrughan Sinha, despite the fact that he is from BJP, was also present in the rally. In his talk, Shatrughan said that he is not afraid to be expelled from BJP.
The main guests/leaders came in the rally were Chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), H.D. Kumaraswamy (Karnataka) and N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), M.K. Stalin (DMK), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference) and Sharad Pawar (Nationalist Congress Party), former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Here are some parts of speeches given by main leaders:
“Our PM is a factory, wholesaler and distributor of lies. Just understand one thing: If you're a chowkidar, the people are thaanedaars (superior officers). They will punish you if you do anything wrong,"
“The opposition only has a few questions for you about the agreement. But until you answer them, the public will continue to say that chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief).”
“This PM is a publicity PM, but we want a performing PM. The BJP gave slogans -- Jan Dhan, Mudra Loan, Good Governance, Smart Cities, Two Crore Jobs, Acche Din -- but did anything come out of them?"
“Modi said na khaunga, na khane doonga (won't eat, won't let you eat either), but he's giving to corporates. To save secular values, we need to stand united. We need to walk together.”
“What Pakistan could not do in the last 70 years, the Narendra Modi government did in five. It divided the society, pitting one religion against another. And that is why we need to get rid of the Modi-Shah partnership.”
“Today, I tell them that the face will be one chosen by the people. You have many groups in your alliance too, and that includes the CBI and the ED, but we have allied with the people.”
“Did Modi transfer the Rs. 15 lakh he promised to everybody's account? Instead, he flew around the world while prices of petrol, diesel and groceries skyrocketed here. This is a corporate government, and it's being run like a private firm.”