LIVE Updates: In A Show Of Unity, Opposition Leaders Reach Kolkata Ahead Of Mamata Banerjee's Mega Rally On January 19

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:
In a show of unity, leaders of major regional parties have begun flying into Kolkata for Mamata Banerjee's mega rally to be held on January 19. Follow the LIVE updates here.
Update at 17:15 PM
8 months ago

As per sources, here are the arrival timings of the flight of the leaders attending the mega rally:

DMK's MK Stalin: 6 pm (today)

NC's Farooq Abdullah: 7.35 pm (today)

JD(S) HD Kumaraswamy:  8.25 pm (today)

BJP's Shatrughan Sinha : 8.30 pm (today)

NCP's Praful Patel: 10.25 pm (today)

AAP's Arvind Kejriwal: 9.55 am (tomorrow)

NC's Omar Abdullah 8.50am (tomorrow)

Congress Malikarjun Kharge: 11.05 am (tomorrow)

RJD's Tejaswi Yadav: 13.45 pm (tomorrow)



Update at 16:55 PM
8 months ago

Akhilesh Yadav reaches Kolkata airport.

"The country needs a change. The country awaits a new Prime Minister," he said.


Update at 15:50 PM
8 months ago

NCP chief Sharad Pawar reaches Kolkata airport.

Update at 15:47 PM
8 months ago

Ahead of Mamata Banerjee's mammoth rally, leaders from major regional parties have begun flocking into Kolkata in West Bengal.

Former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief Deve Gowda has reached Kolkata. Speaking to media, he said:

"We are together to defeat the BJP. Mamata is working very hard. People of the country will decide who will be the Prime Minister. Remove BJP will be the slogan for the united front."


Update at 15:45 PM
8 months ago

On Saturday, much of the opposition will be present in West Bengal, sharing the stage with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee as the 'Mahagathabandhan' tries to show its unity ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. All these parties will be getting together as they look to fight BJP and PM Modi in the upcoming elections.

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.

Sources have stated that Congress West Bengal leadership suggested Rahul Gandhi that they were willing to fight the upcoming general elections alone, and asked him to not attend the rally. 

The get-together of the opposition parties was announced by Mamata in October 2018. She had stated that the 'like-minded' parties, despite any previous grudges, need to work together in order to oust PM Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.

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