NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be joined by his West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh counterparts Mamata Banerjee and N Chandrababu Naidu on February 13 in a show of strength in the national capital against the NDA government.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is hosting the ‘Tanashahi Hatao, Desh Bachao’ (Remove Dictatorship, Save Country) rally will be organised at Jantar Mantar.
“Tanashahi Hatao, Desh Bachao rally will be organised at Jantar Mantar on February 13. All opposition leaders will attend this rally against the Modi government,” senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said. “It (the rally) will be attended by all those who had attended Mamata Banerjee’s Kolkata rally last month.” Kejriwal along with former NDA minister Arun Shourie and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha were a part of the rally in Bengal.
However, sources in the AAP said, the Congress is unlikely to participate in the rally that will be attended by Naidu and other opposition leaders.
Incidentally, Naidu will launch a day-long protest, ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’, at the Andhra Bhavan on Monday in Delhi. On February 4, the Andhra chief minister had met Kejriwal when he arrived in Delhi and addressed a joint Press conference with other opposition leaders in support of Mamata at the height of the CBI versus Bengal Police controversy.
With the Lok Sabha elections just months away, the AAP backed opposition rally is expected to provide another platform for the opposition leaders to meet together and firm up a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) to challenge the NDA.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal in Delhi while inaugurating a six lane flyover in Shastri Park area of Delhi called on to the people to support any party which can defeat Modi in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
“Go and vote for any party that you see can defeat the BJP in a particular area....In Bengal, you support Mamata Banarjee and support Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra. You should vote for Mayawati-Akhilesh in Uttar Pradesh and the AAP in Delhi because the Congress cannot defeat the BJP in Delhi,” said Kejriwal.
He also said voters should not get confused on who would be the prime minister. “I think neither Rahul Gandhi nor PM Modi will be prime minister, someone else would be,” he said, hinting a leader from a regional party could become the next prime minister.