According to Shiv Sena sources, the party has told Republic that they will not be attending Mamata Banerjee's mega rally on January 19. The Shiv Sena source has alleged that the party has decided to stay away from TMC's event.
The grand opposition mega rally spearheaded by Mamata Banerjee's TMC will be held on January 19 at Brigade Sabha in Kolkata, with an intention to showcase the strength of opposition against the saffron party.
While announcing the mega rally, the TMC supremo said:
"We have made a publicity campaign committee for January 19 Brigade Sabha. All the opposition parties and leaders have been invited. This is to go against the current BJP government. We have got the permission to hold this event. We have invited everyone as we do not consider anyone small. CPM does a lot of things against me. They do whatever they feel like because they do not have any ideals. But I am not ready to accept that everyone is bad in Left, hence I have invited Kerala CM. Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Omar Abdullah, MK Stalin, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi are all invited. Chandrababu Naidu and Omar Abdullah have confirmed their presence already. Arvind Kejriwal had given confirmation he will join us on Jan 19."
It was reported on Wednesday that the Mahagatbandhan rally will not be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, but instead, the Congress chief, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to represent the party in the rally, organised by TMC to gather support for a pan-India anti-BJP front.
Furthermore, sources told Republic TV that Congress's West Bengal unit is not happy with the decision of going in alliance in 2019 polls and that none of the state leaders was invited by the TMC party to join the rally.
Reportedly, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are also yet to confirm their presence in the mega opposition rally in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, several party leaders are expected to participate in the mega rally against the BJP-led government, including former J&K CM Omar Abdullah, Rashtriya Janata Dal's Tejashwi Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal and Janata Dal-S leader and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. Earlier in October 2018, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had confirmed their presence for the mega event.