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Rahul Gandhi Writes To ‘Mamata-Di’, Extends Support For Kolkata Rally

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| January 18 , 2019 , 15:57 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday extended support to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of her mega rally that is expected to be joined by several Opposition leaders on Saturday.

“I extend my support to Mamata Di on this show of unity and hope that we send a powerful message of a united India together,” Gandhi said in a letter to Banerjee.

“Across India, there are powerful forces afoot,” Gandhi said in the letter. “Forces that are fanned by the anger and disappointment of hundreds of millions of Indians who have seen through the false promises and lies peddled by the Modi government.”

He further wrote: “The entire Opposition is united in our belief that true nationalism and development can only be defended on the tested pillars of democracy, social justice, and secularism, ideas that the BJP and Modi are intent on destroying.”

The Congress president and his mother Sonia Gandhi will not attend the rally and the party would be represented by leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

The BJP’s Arun Shourie and Shatrughan Sinha and former party leader Yashwant Sinha, all of who are staunchly opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP, have said they will go to the rally. Akhilesh Yadav, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and son Omar will be among those attending the rally.

Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, his son and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal are also going.

DMK president MK Stalin, RLD chief Ajit Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav would join the rally.

The West Bengal chief minister has said the rally in Kolkata would sound the “death knell” for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections and regional parties would be the deciding factor.

Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is hosting the rally, which will be attended by a host of regional party leaders from across the country.