Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for New Delhi on Tuesday to participate in the mega rally of non-BJP leaders convened by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on February 13 against the Narendra Modi government. "As per the schedule Banerjee will leave for New Delhi on February 12 and attend the opposition rally convened by AAP on February 13. She will also meet leaders of various opposition parties," a TMC leader said on Monday.
AAP's 'Tanashahi Hatao, Desh Bachao' (Remove Dictatorship, Save Country) rally will be organised at Jantar Mantar on February 13 and all parties which had attended the January 19 mega opposition rally called by Banerjee will be present in it.
The Congress is, however, unlikely to participate in the AAP rally that will be attended by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu is holding a day-long fast in Delhi Monday demanding that the Centre fulfil all promises made during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Leaders of more than 23 political including Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal had attended the Kolkata rally held in Brigade Parade Grounds by Banerjee, who is a strident critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the prime movers behind the efforts to cobble up an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Kejriwal had expressed his support to Banerjee again when she was on a “Save the Constitution” dharna from February 3 to 5 here after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund cases.”
With the Lok Sabha elections just months away, the AAP rally would help to bring the opposition leaders together and firm up a ‘mahagathbandhan’ to challenge the BJP-led NDA, sources in the party had said.