Prime Minister Modi during his address in Silvassa on Saturday fiercely censured Mamata Banerjee's Maha rally that was concurrently running in Kolkata, saying that the Mahagatbandhan is 'not just against Modi but against India'.
Speaking over the rally that was founded on the slogan 'Remove Modi government', Modi proclaimed that the intention of BJP is nation's development and that the opposition is focused on dynastic politics and nepotism.
He said, "Our intention is for the nation's development as we don't have an intention for the development of one family. Congress is worried that why Modi has adopted a tough stand against corruption, due to their fear they are forming Mahagathbandhan."
"The Mahagathbandhan is not only against Modi but also against Indians. Their world begins with criticizing Modi and end with abusing Modi. Their entire focus on dynasty and nepotism. They don't have a vision for India's development," he added.
Speaking of how this grand alliance is 'scared' of BJP, he said, "We want to make India a 'shrestha Bharat, their wrongdoings are behind them, they can't escape. See, in Kolkata, in West Bengal, BJP has only one MLA but leaders from the entire nation have united in Kolkata. They are scared of BJP's one MLA."
PM Modi cited how this brawl is between 'development and corruption' and how his actions against corruption have irked this alliance, he said, "To save their kingdom they can make mahagatbandhan, but cannot run away from their actions. This fight is between positive thinking and negative attitude. This fight is between development and corruption. This fight is between the public and the mahagatbandhan. My actions against corruption have infuriated some people. It is natural for them to get furious as I have prevented them from looting public's money. Consequently, they have now formed an alliance called Mahagatbandhan. This 'gatbandhan' is not against Modi but against people of India. Currently, they are not even properly together and already have started bargaining for their share," he added.
Weeks ahead of the crucial 2019 polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee headed the "united opposition rally" on Saturday, against the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kolkata's iconic Brigade Parade ground. Being termed as one of the largest events to take place in West Bengal since independence, leaders of over 20 opposition parties participated in the rally against the ruling Modi government.
While the Opposition leaders from multiple parties including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Yadav, Chief ministers N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal, HD Kumaraswamy, former chief ministers Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's MK Stalin attended the mega rally to show their unity against the BJP, Congress decided that it will not be sending its party President Rahul Gandhi or UPA chief Sonia Gandhi for the mega event. Instead, the party was represented by senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge.