BSP party secretary Satish Mishra confirms presence at Mamata Banerjee's mega Opposition rally in Kolkata on 19 January

Kolkata: The Bahujan Samaj Party has confirmed that its senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra will attend the opposition rally convened by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata on Saturday, TMC sources said.

Satish Mishra. Rajya Sabha TV

Satish Mishra. Rajya Sabha TV

"We have just received confirmation from the BSP that its All India General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will attend the opposition rally on January 19," a senior TMC leader said.

With the BSP confirming its attendance, almost all major opposition parties — the Congress, the National Congress Party (NCP), the National Conference, the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS), and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) — would participate in the rally, a TMC leader said.

However, the Left parties led by the CPI(M) have decided not to attend the rally.

TMC supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said earlier this week that senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will represent his party.

The TMC leadership has claimed in a tweet that Saturday's "rally of all rallies" will sound the "death knell" of the BJP government at the Centre. "To pave the way for a much-needed change for the better of our great nation."

In a show of strength ahead of the general election, Banerjee is organising the rally which is likely to see participation from lakhs of her supporters. The rally will be held at the Brigade Parade Ground in central Kolkata.

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Updated Date: Jan 17, 2019 17:44:39 IST

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