Rahul Gandhi while speaking at a event to unveil M Karunanidhi's statue in Chennai on Sunday called for a united force of Opposition parties to fight against the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
"While Karunanidhiji defended institutions of this country, today we've a government that is attacking voice, culture, institutions of Tamil Nadu and our country. In memory of Karunanidhiji, all voices in India are going to get together and defeat BJP in next election. We aren't going to allow the destruction of the idea of India, the destructions of our institutions, the Supreme Court, the RBI, the EC. And we are going to stand together and do this (defeat BJP). Today, we have a government attacking voice of Tamil Nadu, institution of our country. A government that believes only one idea that should run India. Billions of voices of our country should not be considered. A government that does not respect different languages and cultures of this country. I want to tell people of Tamil Nadu that all voices of India will get together to defeat BJP in next elections. We oppose Narendra Modi government who has destroyed social justice. Modi does not consider him as an elected Prime Minister but thinks himself as an emperor who has been in this post for long time. We have come here together to save democracy of India," he said.
It seems that the bells for Lok Sabha polls have been rung as the event saw many Opposition leaders present.
Rahul Gandhi was speaking at an event for the unveiling of DMK Patriarch M Karunanidhi's statue. The grand event organised by his son and DMK President MK Stalin at party headquarters — Anna Arivalyam. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi unveiled the statue.
Apart from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, former UPA Union Minister P Chidambaram, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Rajnikanth, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha were in attendance for the event.
PM Narendra Modi also led an attack on the Congress from the party's home turf of Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. Taking on several issues that have taken the spotlight in the last few months, including the extradition of Christian Michel, Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal and the Congress' 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'' controversy, Modi has set the agenda for battle of 2019 Lok Sabha