Many prominent Opposition leaders who attended a rally organised by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi on Wednesday, called for the ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Communist Party of India leader D Raja attended the rally held in Telangana’s Khammam.
Addressing the crowd, KCR said his party will put up a strong fight against the “indiscriminate privatisation” of public assets by the Narendra Modi government.
He said: “The power sector has been handed over to the private sector. The Life Insurance Corporation is being privatised. So is the case with the Visakhapatnam Steel Plan. Make In India has become Joke in India. There is Make in India, but there are China bazaars in every street [in the country].”
“I hope that today, in Khammam, the land of people’s resistances, we will have the beginning of a new resistance, a resistance to secure the ideals that we fought for in our freedom struggle. A resistance to protect our secularism, our democracy, our Constitution and thereby our nation,“ said Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala chief minister.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked citizens to think about the country, unemployment, healthcare and price rise while voting, PTI reported.
“Now, the country wants a change. People came to know that these people did not come to change the country. They just came to ruin the country. The 2024 elections are an opportunity for you. Ten years is over [since BJP came to power]. How long will you wait?” he asked at the rally.
The rally was first since the Telangana Rashtra Samithi entered national politics by renaming itself as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi in October last year.
“This government is counting its days,” said Akhiesh Yadav.
“We will have to fight against the BJP-RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] combine and will have to defeat them in the forthcoming 2024 elections,” said D Raja.