2019 LS polls: Oppn parties to announce pre-poll alliance

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New Delhi, Feb 13: The opposition parties on Wednesday declared that they will announce a pre-poll alliance ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections and also resolved to hold talks for a common minimum programme.
We will announce a pre-poll alliance so that there are no problems after the elections, Mamata Banerjee said after a meeting of the opposition parties at the residence of NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
Mamata also announced that the opposition parties would be united at the national level and would meet at frequent intervals in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that opposition parties have agreed to start conversation on creating a common minimum programme.
“We agreed that principal target for all of us is to counter the assault on Indian institutions being carried out by Narendra Modi,BJP and the RSS,” Rahul said.
At the meeting, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal were seen together for the first time. This gave rise to the possibility that the two parties may tie up for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi.
When asked about alliance in Delhi with AAP, the Congress president said that alliances in Delhi and West Bengal were not discussed.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the opposition parties had a constructive meeting.
Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu reiterated that opposition alliance was a democratic compulsion for all parties while Farooq Abdullah of the National Conferences termed the meeting “good”.
Earlier today, opposition leaders gathered for the third time in less than a month in a show of unity and mounted a blistering attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, saying the two should be “ousted” in the coming elections as they are a “threat” to democracy and constitutional values.
In fiery speeches at a mega rally, Mamata Banerjee asserted the situation in the country is “more dangerous” than emergency while her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal said people should not repeat the mistake of making a “class 12 pass out” as prime minister and they should back an “educated” leader.
Besides Banerjee and Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sharad Yadav of the Loktantrik Janata Dal, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, DMK’s Kanimozhi, ex-Arunachal chief minister Gegong Apang, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav spoke at the rally at Jantar Mantar.