Kejriwal’s pitch for opposition unity at his rally

Two days after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has demonstrated opposition’s unity by making leaders of more than 20 opposition leaders visiting his day-long sit-in protest in New Delhi, again Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal providing venue for the meeting of opposition leaders today at a mega rally in the national capital.

Launching a veiled attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre, he has  invoked freedom fighters and the sacrifices made by them to give a call for unity against the Narendra Modi government.

In post on Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “Countless freedom fighters laid down their lives for our freedom and democracy. We cannot forget their sacrifices and remain silent to the tyranny of any dictator. Join us for the Save Democracy Satyagraha at the historic Jantar Mantar today afternoon.”

The AAP plays host to more than 20 opposition party leaders, who are in Delhi to take part in ‘Tanashahi Hatao, Desh Bachao’ (Remove Dictatorship, Save Country) rally, later today at Jantar Mantar.

The rally is being held almost a month after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mega opposition rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade. This is the second such rally of the opposition parties to show their strength ahead of the Lok Sabha election this summer.

The AAP is hoping to ‘recreate the anti-Modi movement in Delhi’ with its rally that was seen in West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s show in Kolkata on January 19. Already Mamata Banerjee reached the national capital last evening. Chandrababu Naidu is also reaching this afternoon.

Four serving chief ministers from opposition, Kejriwal, Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu and HD Kumaraswamy of Karnataka will address the rally. The AAP has also invited Congress president Rahul Gandhi to attend its mega rally, who had not attended the Kolkata rally. Other leaders invited include Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, MK Stalin and Farooq Abdulla.

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