Janta Dal senior leader Deve Gowda reached Kolkata on Friday afternoon ahead of a grand rally of the Opposition parties seeking to showcase their unity against the Modi government.
The former Prime Minister on his arrival spoke of how this Mahagatbandhan is foreseeing to defeat BJP. He further spoke how the post of Prime Minister is not an issue of concern, and that it is up to the people to decide the candidate for that chair.
He said, "We are together. We are together to defeat BJP. Mamata is working very hard and has taken this historic decision. People of the country will decide who will be the Prime Minister."
"The PM post is not an issue for us. The coalition is intact in Karnataka, people always want a stable government. If regional parties will come together then it will be good for the country," he added.
Gowda asserting the motive of this massive rally that is to be held on January 19 said, "Remove Modi government will be the slogan."
On Saturday, much of the opposition will be present in West Bengal, sharing the stage with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, standing against the Modi government. Along with Deve Gowda, the following political bigwigs will be present along with Mamata Banerjee as the opposition tries to show its unity:
Akhilesh Yadav (SP)
Satish Misra (BSP)
N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP)
MK Stalin (DMK)
HD Kumaraswamy and HD Devegowda (JDS)
Mallikarjun Kharge/ Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress)
Arvind Kejriwal (AAP)
Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah (NC)
Tejaswi Yadav (RJD)
Sharad Pawar (NCP)
Ajit Singh/Jayant Chowdhury (RLD)
Gegong Apang (former Arunachal Pradesh CM)
Lalduwahawma (Oppn leader, Mizoram)
While most of the opposition parties will be represented by their topmost leader, the Congress has decided that it will not be sending its party President Rahul Gandhi or former party chief Sonia Gandhi for the event. Instead, the party will be represented by either of Mallikarjun Kharge or Abhishek Manu Singhvi.