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Rahul writes letter to Mamata, extends support for mega opposition rally

Gandhi is likely to skip Mamata's rally and the Congress has deputed its leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, to represent the Grand Old Party at the event

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles, in Howrah near on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Photo: PTI)

extended his support to Mamata on Friday for her "show of unity" in Kolkata on January 19 and hoped that it would send a powerful message of a united

Gandhi is likely to skip Mamata's rally and the has deputed its in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, to represent the at the event.

In a letter to Banerjee, the commended the "great people" of Bengal, who had "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 together," Gandhi wrote in the letter.

In a post, he said, "The entire opposition is united in our belief that true nationalism and development can only be defended on the tested pillars of democracy, social justice and secularism, ideas that the BJP and Mr are intent on destroying."

In his letter to as well as in the post on the social media platform, Gandhi said there were powerful forces that were fanned by the anger and disappointment of millions of Indians, who had seen through the "false promises and lies peddled by the government".

"These forces are moved by the hope of a new tomorrow; a tomorrow filled with the idea of an in which the voice of every man, woman and child will be heard and respected no matter what their religion, economic status or region is," he said.

A host of Opposition leaders are likely to attend the supremo's rally in Kolkata on Saturday, which is being projected as her "show of opposition strength" ahead of the polls.

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 13:25 IST
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