HUGE: Rahul, Mamata, Naidu, Abdullah, Pawar, Kejriwal Announce National Pre-poll Alliance Against BJP

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

From the mega rally in Kolkata led by Mamata Banerjee to the AAP rally in Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, the grand alliance of key Opposition leaders have decided to stitch an alliance in a national fight against the BJP, after holding a meeting at Sharad Pawar's residence in Delhi late on February 13. 

The United Front comprises of party leaders such as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, TDP's Chandrababu Naidu, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and NC leader Farooq Abdullah.

Elaborating on the meeting, Congress president elucidated that the "principal target" of the alliance is to "fight against the assault on institutes" by the Modi-government. 

He said, "We had a very constructive meeting. We agreed that the principal target for all of us is to wipe assault on Indian institutions being carried out by Narendra Modi, BJP  and RSS." 

"We agreed to start a conversation about a common minimum programme and we have a commitment that we're all going to work together to defeat BJP," he added. 

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West Bengal chief minister proclaimed that the national and regional parties would work in accordance, announcing a pre-poll alliance, despite any bitterness on a regional level. 

She said, "We'll work together at the national level. We'll have a common minimum agenda. We'll have a pre-poll alliance."

Days after showing the strength of unity against the BJP party in Kolkata, opposition leaders met at a mega rally "Tanashahi Hatao, Loktantra Bachao" organised by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Wednesday. 

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar attended the rally. Leaders from the Samajwadi Party (SP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and other parties also addressed the rally.  

The rally organised in the national capital appeared to be critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief, Amit Shah, weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

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