“The people have already made their minds, acche din (good days) not going to come back for BJP,” said Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while concluding the mega “India Unity” rally organised by her, which was virtually kict-started the opposition’s campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Mamata, aiming to project herself as the face of the opposition, started preparations for this rally since last few months and it was attended by the who’s who of Indian politics. Several current and former chief ministers and stalwarts from various political outfits from across the country.
More than 20 national leaders, including former Union ministers Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie; three present chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and H D Kumaraswamy; and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav and Gegong Apang were present. Regional stalwarts like MK Stalin and Tejasvi Yadav were present.
Mamata declared that the Modi government is past is expiry date,” said Mamata Banerjee. Coming heaviely on Modi’s government, she lamented that they humiliated CBI, ED, RBI. They undermined banks. Remember, if you vote BJP to power this time, you won’t get any of your money back. This govt is trying to change everything- the law, the Constitution, and now this government has to change too, she added.
Mamata deplored that what Pakistan has not been able to do in 70 years, this govt has achieved by dividing the people. She said that farmers don’t have money. There are no jobs, what’s the point of reservation? We will work together to bring a new dawn for the country, she asked.
Strongly disputing Prime Minister Modi’s contention that the opposition has no leader against him, she said they say we don’t have any leaders, but we have so many. They just have one PM and one party president. Everybody’s a leader in our gathbandhan. There is no need to discuss our PM candidate right now, she added.