West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday, 5 October, that she will invite her Kerala counterpart, Pinarayi Vijayan, along with other political leaders for the mega anti-BJP rally in Kolkata scheduled to be in 19 January.
She said she is willing to join hands with the CPI(M), her rival in West Bengal, to fight the BJP ahead of 2019 elections.
“The CPI-M does many things against us because they do not have any fixed ideology. But we do not think that all the leftists are bad. So we will invite the Kerala Chief Minister. We will also invite the leadership of RSP, CPI and Forward Bloc.”Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM
She announced the formation of a “publicity campaign committee” for the rally and said several top opposition leaders from across the country have already confirmed their presence in the rally.
“All opposition party leaders have been invited. We have received some of their confirmation as well. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah have confirmed their presence so far.”Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM
The Trinamool Congress supremo said among those invited for the rally, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telengana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah have already confirmed their presence.
Banerjee said her party would invite all anti-BJP leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati to the rally ahead of 2019 General Elections.
Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel and senior left leaders will also be invited.
She said the state transport minister Subhendu Adhikari and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee have been appointed as the joint convenors of the campaign committee.
The 19 January rally, to be held in Kolkata’s Brigade parade ground, is being seen as a significant step by Banerjee in stitching an anti-BJP alliance and is expected to help her emerge as the pivot of opposition efforts to dislodge the Narendra Modi government in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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