Kolkata: A rainbow collation, comprising as many as 23 anti-BJP parties from all over India, has taken birth at a mammoth public rally hosted by the Trinamool at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground this afternoon.
Named United India Rally, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has compared it to the historic Indira-Mujib rally held here in 1972, Jayaprakash Narayan’s anti-Emergency rally in Patna in 1974 and, Jyoti Basu’s historic united front rally here in 1977.
Banerjee said that Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre has approached the expiry date and, called today’s rally its death knell.
The participating parties in the rally have given a call for putting up one united candidate against the BJP in each and every Lok Sabha seat in the country in the polls due in May.
Whichever anti-BJP party is stronger in a seat should be backed by the others in the collation, they proposed.
The parties that have attended the rally includes Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Admi Party, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal (Sharad Yadav), Janata Dal (Secular) of Devegowda, Telugu Desam Party, DMK, All India United Democratic Front (Assam), Zoram National Party (Mizoram), National Conference (J&K), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, etc.
This apart, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and, Arun Shourie, two young anti-BJP leaders from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani and, Hardik Patel attended the rally. Also was there Shatrughan Sinha, who is still in the BJP.
The next public rally of the coalition is slated to be held at Amravati in Andhra Pradesh to be hosted by TDP. This will be followed by another rally in New Delhi to be organised by AAP.
To thrash out the basic agendas and finalise the future course of action, the leaders of all the parties have now got into a huddle at Bengal government owned banquet, Soujanya at Alipore in south Kolkata.
A joint Press conference by them is likely once the meeting gets over later this afternoon.