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AAP Opposition rally: Must unite to oust Modi call grows louder at Jantar Mantar

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Feb 13: The AAP's rally at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Wednesday was second of its kind in a month which saw leaders from across the opposition share the dias to oust the incumbent government in the upcoming elections.

The daylong show of strength rally did not see as many Opposition leaders as Mamata's United India rally had on January 19. Leaders from only 15 parties turned up for the Delhi show as against the 23 who had turned up for the Kolkata rally.

Rahul Gandhi, who had not attended the Kolkata rally did not attend today's Delhi show either, instead sent senior party leader Anand Sharma to represent the party.


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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar attended the rally.

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With months to go for the general election, the rally would serve to bring the opposition leaders together in firming up a "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) to challenge the BJP and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners.

Here are the highlights from Jantar Mantar rally:

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10:30 PM, 13 Feb
"We will work together at the national level. We will have a common minimum agenda. We'll have a pre-poll alliance," says Mamata Banerjee after meeting at Pawar's residence.
10:28 PM, 13 Feb
"We agreed that principal target for all of us is to wipe assault on Indian institutions being carried out by Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS. We agreed to start a conversation about a common minimum programme and we've a comittment that we're all going to work together to defeat BJP," says Rahul.
10:27 PM, 13 Feb
"We had a very constructive meeting," says Rahul Gandhi after meeting at Pawar's residence.
10:27 PM, 13 Feb
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, NC chief Farooq Abdullah, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meet at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence.
7:52 PM, 13 Feb
Kejriwal attacks Modi over education, says don’t vote for 12th pass, please elect an educated man. Modi trying to tear apart Constitution, destroy democracy, alleges Kejriwal.
6:55 PM, 13 Feb
Modi trying to tear apart Constitution, destroy democracy, alleges Kejriwal. He said "I salute Mamataji for chasing the CBI team."
6:14 PM, 13 Feb
Kejriwal says it was Modi who decided to benefit Anil Ambani in Rafale deal. He personally met with Rafale manufacturers when the ministry opposed it, says Kejriwal.
6:12 PM, 13 Feb
"PM Modi is Prime Minister of India and not of Pakistan. Who Thinks about attacking Delhi? Pakistan PM thinks about it. But, our PM has attacked ACB in Delhi. He (PM Modi) attacks Kolkata. Who thinks about attacking Kolkata" says Kejriwal.
6:07 PM, 13 Feb
Kejriwal begins address, launches scathing attack on Modi led government.
6:02 PM, 13 Feb
N Chandrababu Naidu, Farooq Abdullah, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal to meet at Sharad Pawar's residence later today, reports ANI.
6:01 PM, 13 Feb
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to begin address shortly.
5:57 PM, 13 Feb
They send CBI to threaten my police, haven’t seen govt stoop so low. What will Modi do? Send me to jail, set agencies against us or murder us? We are not the ones to be afraid, says Mamata.
5:57 PM, 13 Feb
"Modi govt uses surveillance on every body, against own officers too. They don’t respect Gandhiji, Ambedkar, Tagore, but use some leaders during election time," says Mamat Banerjee.
5:37 PM, 13 Feb
I am outspoken, i say ulta-pulta things sometimes. When Vajpayee portrait was unveiled in Parliament, I said nobody will put up a portrait of Modi, says Mamata.
5:36 PM, 13 Feb
Many people from Bengal wanted to come but i said no need Kejriwal is enough. Modi govt’s expiry date is over. It is only a matter of days, says Mamata.
5:25 PM, 13 Feb
Today is the last day of parliament. The expiry date of Modi Sarkar is over, says Mamata.
5:22 PM, 13 Feb
"I thank Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee for bringing the whole Opposition together. We need to unite forces to fight against the common enemy. The BJP has to be driven out," NCP chief Sharad Pawar says.
5:22 PM, 13 Feb
Arvind Kejriwal is the first man who reaches out to us when we are harassed by the Centre. Kejriwal ji always protect us, we must suport him and save the democracy, he added.
5:21 PM, 13 Feb
Our Kejriwal ji, Mamta ji are very effective leaders. They've been harassed for no reason by the Modi Sarkar. I strongly condemn the attitude of Narendra Modi. He must not forget, once he himself was CM of a state, says Andra CM Chandra Babu Naidu.
5:21 PM, 13 Feb
To save Indian Democracy, Narendra Modi has to be defeated, says AAP's Sanjay Singh
5:20 PM, 13 Feb
Shantrughan Sinha joins
5:19 PM, 13 Feb
Speaking at the rally, CPI leader D Raja said the Constitution is under attack under Narendra Modi as prime minister and asserted that Parliament has been undermined and bypassed and its role has been minimized under Modi. "Can you allow a Germany-like situation where Hitler overpowered Reichstag(German parliament)," he said. "BJP in power is a threat to constitution and democracy. It must be defeated," he added.
3:28 PM, 13 Feb
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reached the dharna spot at Jantar Mantar.
3:28 PM, 13 Feb
NCP's Majeed Memon, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja at Jantar Mantar.
3:27 PM, 13 Feb
The AAP and the Congress have been bitter rivals in Delhi and Punjab.
3:27 PM, 13 Feb
There were talks of an alliance between the AAP and the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, but the local leadership of the latter is believed to be against it.
3:26 PM, 13 Feb
With months to go for the general election, the rally would serve to bring the opposition leaders together in firming up a "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) to challenge the BJP and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners.

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