West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the mega opposition rally being hosted by the Trinamool Congress on January 19 would sound the “death knell” for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and regional parties would be the deciding factor. She added that the BJP’s strength in Lok Sabha after general elections will get reduced to 125 seats.
“The federal parties, that is the regional parties, will be the deciding factor after the elections,” she told media. “The rally will sound the death knell for BJP … Obviously they (BJP) will not cross more than 125 seats,” she said in reply to a question.
“Every political party has a vision … This will be a grand alliance of people,” Banerjee said about the rally.
The opposition rally will be held at the Brigade Parade grounds in the state capital. Banerjee on Thursday paid a visit to the venue to check the arrangements.
“I have come here to look at the security arrangements as so many former and present chief ministers, former prime minister and several important leaders will be attending the rally. We are all waiting for them,” she said.
Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi will attend the programme, she said. Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal, H Kumaraswamy, N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister H D Devegowda, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, DMK’s M K Stalin, besides dissident BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha are among those likely to attend the mega rally.
On being asked to react on BSP chief Mayawati skipping the rally, Mamata said BSP senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra will be here. “This is a big thing for us.”
(With PTI inputs)