NEW DELHI: After a show of strength in Kolkata, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to organize a rally in the national capital against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in the centre on 13 February.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the 'Remove Dictatorship Save Democracy' rally at Jantar Mantar will be attended by opposition party leaders including chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee along with AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
"Main leaders on non-BJP parties will also participate in this rally. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is coordinating with non-BJP parties for the participation of their leadership in this Save Democracy movement," Delhi cabinet minister and AAP Delhi chief Gopal Rai said.
A similar rally was organized by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata last month which saw over 20 opposition parties in attendance. The step was seen as a step towards the formation of a grand alliance of opposition parties ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Addressing at the event, Kejriwal had said the AAP would organize a similar event in Delhi.
"Modi government has crossed all limits through blatant misuse of central agencies to throttle political opponents and it has no respect for the rule of law. All those who want to save the country from this dictatorial duo should come forward to safeguard democracy," Rai said.
Commenting on the Kolkata rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha on Thursday said "The people of India have seen the work a Government with a full majority can do. They have seen the work of NDA. They do not want a महामिलावट Government of those who assembled in Kolkata."