On Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her party TMC’s proposed opposition rally on January 19. Therefore, the rally will see the participation of most non-BJP parties from “Kashmir to Kanyakumari”.
However, CM Banerjee said that she is yet to get a reply from the Left parties on participating in the rally at Brigade Parade Ground, which she said will be the biggest ever public meeting in the eastern region in the last four decades.
CM Banerjee continued that the Congress will be represented by its senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
On the matter of BSP Supremo Mayawati’s participation, she said that the ex-Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was yet to confirm and “perhaps someone else will be nominated to represent her party.”
Today, the West Bengal Chief Minister told reporters at the state secretariat in Kolkata’s Nabanna that “You will witness how big the representation will be this year from all regions. Heavyweight national leaders, including a former prime minister and ex-chief ministers, will attend this meeting.”
TMC has forwarded invitations to attend the party rally to several opposition parties, which including the Janata Dal (Secular), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the National Conference (NC).
Mamata Banerjee claims that “Political leaders from Kashmir to Kanyakumari – H D Devegowda (former PM), H D Kumaraswamy (Karnataka CM), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi CM), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party Chief), Sharad Pawar (Nationalist Congress Party Chief), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference Chief) — and many more will be attending the rally.”
Over the issue of Left parties participation in the rally, CM Banerjee said that “I had invited the Left, including the Kerala Chief Minister. I have performed my responsibility. If any party does not want to come due to political compulsions, I respect the decision.”
She has been touring the nation for the last 1 year, attempted to stitch together a strong opposition front to challenge the centre-ruling BJP in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.