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This Valentine’s Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, leaders of Opposition have come together several times in a bid to showcase a united third front or Mahagathbandhan to take on PM Modi-led government. There are more get-togethers in store

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

H D Kumaraswamy took oath as Karnataka’s 24th Chief Minister in presence of leaders from at least 10 parties at a grand show of Opposition unity outside the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru in January 2018. The coming together of opposition parties, most of them regional, was viewed as the beginning of an anti-BJP platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

Mayawati with Sonia Gandhi during Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru. Mamata Banerjee shares a rapport with Sonia Gandhi which goes back to the time when Banerjee was a young minister in Rajiv Gandhi's cabinet.

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

After wresting the three Hindi heartlands from the BJP- the grand old party mobilised the voice of the opposition with a show of strength. The bus, which took the opposition leaders to the oath-taking ceremony of Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan, was riddled with the optimism of a Mahaghatbandhan, but not without the rather strained efforts to bring everyone on board. (Twitter)

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

The opposition rally in Kolkata saw 25 political leaders from over 20 political parties joining hands with a shared agenda in a show of unity ahead of the Lok Sabha election. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

A picture of Mamata Banerjee serving food to her fellow politicians and public leaders went viral on social media. The luncheon included Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani, Sushil Modi, Sharad Pawar, Shatrughan Sinha, DMK's Stalin among others. Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah are also in attendance. (Twitter)

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who sat on a daylong fast in Delhi to demand special status for his state, received support from several Opposition parties, including the Congress, SP, AAP, National Conference, TMC, NCP and JD(S), among others. Even NDA ally Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut made a brief appearance at the event. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

This Valentine's Day, we look at Mahagathbandhan love between new allies

Opposition leaders organised a mega rally at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar titled ‘Remove Dictatorship, Save Country’. The rally hosted by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party was attended by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu. The Congress also extended support to the rally. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)