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Kolkata Opposition rally: BJP flags tensions among parties

Leaders of main Opposition parties join hands together during the “United India” rally, in Kolkata on January 19, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The opposition rally in Kolkata organised by the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is “a rally of self interest and of conflicting ideologies”, the BJP said on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference at the party office here, BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy termed the rally an anti-Modi exercise and exuded confidence that the party was not threatened by it.

“Don’t know where the threat to unity is. While Mamata calls it United India, we can clearly see a divided leadership. It’s a summit of contradictions and conflict. They talk of a new front but I am not sure if it’s even the second or the third front,” Mr. Rudy said. He further said the rally had exposed divisions in the opposition camp, with many of these parties just “snubbing” each other.

“Left has refused their invitation. SP-BSP alliance snubbed Congress in U.P. which has now extended support to rally. This is rally of self-interest,” Mr. Rudy said.

People have seen the performance of the Narendra Modi government and the BJP will form the next government with full majority, Mr. Rudy said while questioning who the leader of the united opposition was. “Today's opposition rally in Kolkata is an anti-Modi exercise. Who is their leader,” he asked.

The BJP has also threatened action against its Lok Sabha MP Shatrughan Sinha for sharing the stage with other opposition parties at the rally.

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