BJP president Amit Shah lashed out at the Congress-Left alliance asking how can they fight in Kerala and share stage in Bengal. “They are opposing each other in Kerala and doing ILU ILU in Bengal. I don’t understand what kind of parties they are,” said Shah at a rally in Kolkata.
Striking a rare show of bonhomie, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, earlier in the day, shared the stage with former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee amid slogans calling for long life for the Congress-Left unity to save Bengal.
As the supporters of both parties shouted slogans in favour of the alliance, Gandhi was seen holding hands of Bhattacharjee, whom the former chief minister twice addressed as “dear Rahul Gandhi”.
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A huge garland was placed around the two leaders, the architects of the Congress-Left alliance.
Acknowledging that it is a rare show, Bhattacharjee said as much, “People of Bengal have seen many rallies. But this rally where I stand together with Rahul Gandhi is rare in history. The Congress and CPI-M are fighting together.”
Justifying the need for the alliance, Bhattacharjee explained, “Why are we standing together? Because Bengal is facing a grave danger and we all need to fight together to save Bengal.”