K Chandrasekhar Rao will be one of the prominent regional leaders who will be skipping the mega anti-BJP rally in Kolkata being organized by his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, as the Congress was also invited to the event.
KCR has floated the idea of a non-Congress and non-BJP Federal Front and said that a consortium of regional parties would emerge in the country soon.Meanwhile, arrangements at the historic Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata were underway for the event, that would virtually kick-start the opposition’s campaign ahead of the upcoming general election.
The Congress President on his part sent a message to Mamata Banerjee on Friday extending his support to the event hoping that the “show of unity” will send a powerful message of “a united India together” for ideas that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were intent on destroying.
Over 20 leaders from more than ten parties are attending the rally and the tea party.
Among them are Telugu Desam chief Chandrababu Naidu, DMK head M.K. Stalin, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah
Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Ajit Singh and Jayant Chowdhury (both RLD), former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang, Hemant Soren of JMM, Patidar movement leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and Mizoram opposition leader Pu Lalduhoma.
Three stalwarts of the first BJP prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet and staunch anti-modi campaigners Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shouriee besides Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Babulal Marandi of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha would also attend the rally.
Apart from bringing thousands of supporters from their respective constituencies, the party leaders have also made special arrangements for their food, lodging, security and other necessary amenities in different parts of the city.