3:18 PM if you are “Chaukidar”, the people of this country are “Thanedar”: Tejeshwi Yadav, RJD leader
3:10 PM “People want a new leadership”, says dissident BJP leader @ShatruganSinha
2:45 PM “Centre is victimising leaders of Opposition parties using all machinery”: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda
2:35 PM “How they submitted false affidavit with regards to Rafale you all know”: Senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge
2:25 PM “Constitution is being attacked”: Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar
2:10 PM Reinterating Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu says, “In 2019 you are going to see a new Prime Minister.”
2:08 PM “We have only one mission; Save India. Save democracy” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
1:55 PM “I am ashamed of saying that PM of my country follows such people on Twitter who abuse the women of our country” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
1:45 PM Akhilesh Yadav, Former CM of UP: “The matter that would begin in Bengal will be seen everywhere in the country”
1:35 PM “Democracy reduced to number game”: Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy
1:00 PM “The BJP is dividing people on the basis of religion. We must all come together to defeat the divisive forces”: Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah
12:55 PM “Not about removing one man, it’s to defeat an ideology”: Yashwant Sinha
12:20 PM “Modi says they will double farmer income, we have already tripled it here”, says Mamata Banerjee.
12:01 PM “We are thankful to Didi for organising this rally”, says HemantSoren, Leader of Opposition in Jharkhand Legislative Assembly.
11:45 AM Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel address rally.
Mevani says, “country is going through an unprecedented crisis”.
— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) January 19, 2019
11:40 AM Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin arrive at the Brigade Parade grounds in Kolkata to attend the mega opposition rally, received by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
11:20 AM West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee has reached the Brigade Parade grounds the venue for the rally.
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) January 18, 2019
The grand opposition rally is set to take place at the Brigade Parks Ground in Kolkata on January 19.
On Friday itself, Banerjee called on former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who have been lodged in different hotels.
While Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi have given the rally a miss, they have deputed senior party functionary and leader of the party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
Top leaders like, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s and leader of opposition in Bihar’s Legislative Assembly Tejashwi Yadav, Janata Dal(S) leader Deve Gowda, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Karanataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Mallikarjun Kharge senior Congress leader confirmed their arrival for the event.
Banerjee has arranged for a tea party for her guests at 4 pm on Saturday once the rally gets over. The leaders are likely to address the media about their deliberations post tea party.
On Friday, a day ahead of the opposition rally, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had written to Mamata in support of the rally. He wrote, “”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”.