In a major blow to the Mahagathbandhan, senior Samajwadi leader Azam Khan has lashed out at the mega Opposition rally led by TMC supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata and his party chief Akhilesh Yadav for inadequacy in the representation of the interests of Muslim minority of the country at the event. Talking to reporters at an event on Sunday, Azam Khan also slammed the Opposition for limiting their discourse only on certain political issues and not the national interest.
"There was a mega rally in Kolkata and it was supposed to join everyone together for the benefit of the nation. While several political issues were raised during the rally, discussion on where the nation is going and where it is supposed to lead did not take place adequately," Khan said while addressing reporters in UP's Firozabad.
Further hitting at the Mahagathbandhan for absence of requisite Muslim representatives in the mega rally, he said, "the representation of the second biggest population or the Muslim minority was merely namesake. Only one leader from Kashmir and another from Assam attended the rally. Muslims are worried about their representation."
On Saturday, the likes of opposition leaders including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, former HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka CM's N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal, HD Kumaraswamy, former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) MK Stalin were present at the mega opposition rally, held at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata in an attempt to show their unity against the present government at the Centre ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
However, three political bigwigs including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi as well as BSP supremo Mayawati snubbed the event and failed to their strength of unity at the mega event. Although they send their party's representatives to attend the event.