OPPOSITION LEADERS MEET MAMATA

Key opponent leaders including SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, DMK president MK Stalin, previous prime minister Deve Gowda, and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the TMC-led mega gathering on Saturday.

Taking to Twitter, the TMC Chief welcomed the leaders’ support in the ‘United India Rally.’

Amongst those who are thought to be a part of the rally include National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Misra, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh and leader Jayant Chaudhary, former union minister and BJP dissident Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, Patidar quota excitement leader Hardik Patel, Opposition leader in Mizoram Lalduwahawma, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, and Gujarat independent MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.

Though Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi will be leaping the rally, the party would be served by senior Congress leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

On Friday, Rahul wrote to the TMC chief extending assistance to the mega rally.

“We commend the great people of Bengal who have historically been at the forefront of defending our ideals. 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,” the letter read.

Expecting a heavy rush of suburbanites in the wake of the TMC-led rally at the Brigade Parade Ground, the Kolkata Metro, which works under the Ministry of Railways, has beefed up its security arrangements by expanding additional forces apart from the regular contingent.

Further RPF Personnel including officers and staff have been roped in for strategic deployment at all stations to launch any untoward incident. Commandos will be stationed at Dum Dum, Esplanade and Maidan Stations.

Women RPF personnel will also be stationed in adequate numbers at various stations.

Mamata has been travelling the country since the last one year in an effort to shore up a strong and united resentment front to contest the Lok Sabha elections against the BJP.

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