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United India Rally: Mamata Banerjee Says Bjp Is Acting Like A ‘Boss’, Their ‘Expiry Date’ Has Come

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| January 19 , 2019 , 17:24 IST

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee organized the "United India Rally" at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground today to showcase a united face of the Opposition ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

While addressing the gathering she said, "Narendra Modi's government has an expiry date. I promise we will work together and fight together. I am taking a vow today that we will work together."

Top political leaders from ‘Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ were present in West Bengal to attend the ‘United India’ anti-BJP rally to present a united face.

The "United India Rally" received a roaring response from opposition leaders as well as the public, with lakhs gathering at the venue.

Among those on the stage are Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar. Although Congress president Rahul Gandhi could not make it to the event, he had extended his support in a letter addressed to the Trinamool chief yesterday.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, whose arrival at the venue was delayed, described PM Modi as a "factory, wholesaler and distributor of lies". "Just understand one thing: If you're a chowkidaar, the people are thaanedaars (superior officers). They will punish you if you do anything wrong," he said.

Rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha targeted PM Modi's alleged silence on the Rafale deal at the mega rally. "The opposition only has a few questions for you about the agreement. But until you answer them, the public will continue to say that chowkidaar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)," he said, adding that he does not fear being thrown out by his party.

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The "United India Rally" is seen by many as an attempt to portray Banerjee as a leader who can rally secular forces against the BJP and emerge as a potential challenger to PM Modi. The Trinamool Congress has taken pains to project her as the next Prime Minister of the country.

And it seemed that Mamata Banerjee succeeded in showcasing a collective front against the ruling BJP.