Prime Minister Narendra Modi while interacting with BJP workers from Chennai Central & North, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli & Tiruvallur Lok Sabha constituencies on Sunday, spoke about the developments in the Mahagathbandhan weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the country. Hitting out at the Mahagathbandhan, PM Modi said that while there are several leaders who are talking about a grand alliance, the alliance will be formed only for personal survival and not for the people.
Later, Prime Minister went onto state that the 'grand alliances are a club of rich dynasties which only promise family rule.
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.
Mahagathbandhan is the grand alliance of opposition parties who have joined hands against BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Recently, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha joined the Congress-led Mahagathbandhan, days after quitting the NDA owing to the discontent over seat sharing in Bihar for the upcoming General elections.
Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had said, "You know there is a gathbandhan in Bihar. Today we are pleased to announce that Upendra Kushwaha has also joined the Mahagathbandhan."
(With agency inputs)