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The two-fold strategy of the opposition parties for the general elections is to pursue anti-Modi agenda and take advantage of the electoral arithmetic, the Finance Minister said in a Facebook post.
The Janata Dal (Secular) leader, however, maintained that leadership was not the pressing issue at hand and the opposition needs to focus on ways and ideas to win the polls.
Former AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said the decision shows the party is "dead" in Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats - the second highest number after Uttar Pradesh.
The Swaraj India president said all the leaders in the grand alliance, who are portraying themselves as anti-BJP or anti-Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi), were equally anti-democracy and corrupt.
The Janata Dal (Secular) supremo said a small group of senior leaders should be formed to decide on a roadmap on how they will ensure good governance.
Over 20 leaders, including two from the Congress, attended the show of unity organised by Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Rai said though talks on a possible electoral tie-up were on with the Congress, they weren’t fruitful owing to the ‘arrogance’ of the grand old party.
With BJP's ecent defeats in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Banerjee has raised the pitch to be united against the saffron party in the 2019 general election.
Yadav alleged the incumbent government at the Centre was responsible for causing distress to people from all walks of life across the country, including farmers, youth, poor and traders.
While Akhilesh Yadav would be himself present at the rally, BSP will be represented by senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra.
The SBSP, which enjoys considerable support among the Rajbhar community, is part of the BJP-led coalition government in Uttar Pradesh.
Several rounds of extensive consultations with various sections of society in around 30 locations across the country have already been held to seek their views and include them in the manifesto.
Rai, who heads AAP's Delhi unit, said his party has speeded up preparations on all the seven Lok Sabha seats and announced the formation of four frontal organisations.
The SP chief in an interview with Namita Bajpai admits his party's alliance with the Congress in the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh did not bear fruits.
In a significant move, BSP and SP, part of Opposition's Grand Alliance, had recently announced their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh and keeping the Congress out of the alliance.