PM Modi says Mahagathbandhan incoherent alliance of rich dynasties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ridiculed the proposed opposition’s alliance “Mahagathbandhan” for which Congress is making hectic efforts to unite opposition parties against BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Stating that it would be an “unholy alliance”, where various parties are coming together for “personal survival”, he said that it would be a club of rich dynasties.

Interacting with book-level BJP workers from Chennai Central, Chennai North, Madurai, Tiruchirappally and Tiruvallur constituencies in Tamil Nadu through video conference, he said it would be “incoherent alliance.

The prime minister recalled that the key constituent of the mega alliance – the Telugu Desam Party– was formed against the very “high-handedness” of the Congress by the veteran, late chief minister N T Rama Rao but said the party was now keen to join hands with the Congress.

Some parties in the Mahagatbandhan claimed to be inspired by socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, but the veteran himself opposed the Congress and its ideologies, Modi said.

“Today several leaders are talking about a grand alliance or Mahagathbandhan. This alliance is for personal survival, and is not ideology-based support. This alliance is for power, not for the people. This alliance for personal ambitions, not people’s aspirations,” he added.

Prime Minister also recalled that many leaders in the coalition were “arrested and tortured” during the Emergency. He cautioned parties wish to join Congress-led alliance that the Congress “ecosytem” spared none. He pointed out at the dismissal of the AIADMK government of  late chief minister MG Ramachandran in 1980 though he had people’s support.

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