West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee serving meals to regional party leaders on the sidelines of the anti-BJP rally in Kolkata last week. | @AnkitLal  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
New Delhi: Not many know the behind-the-scenes stories of politicians. While some get insider updates of political parties through sources, some politicians prefer mobilising their IT cells and fellow workers to show the world that there’s more to them than what meets the eye.
One such instance was when regional parties converged in West Bengal last week to form an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance under the aegis of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.
A heart-warming photograph of Banerjee has gone viral on social media where she is seen serving food to political leaders and regional party heads on the sidelines of the ‘United India’ rally at Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata.
In the photograph, the West Bengal chief minister is seen serving food to Hardik Patel, the Patidar agitation leader from Gujarat, while Jignesh Mevani, Tejashwi Yadav, Shatrughan Sinha, Chandrababu Naidu, MK Stalin, Sharad Pawar and Sharad Yadav look on the warming gesture.
The image stands true to the objective of the ‘united Opposition’ – collective movement and inclusive politics.
The Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata was chock-a-block for the massive anti-BJP rally on January 19 under the watch of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Top political leaders from ‘Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ attended the ‘United India’ anti-BJP rally in West Bengal to present a united face of the Opposition ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The leaders had gathered with a sole agenda of dethroning PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government from the Centre.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Devegowda, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, DMK president MK Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Mishra, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh and leader Jayant Chaudhary, Opposition leader in Mizoram – Lalduwahawma, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Gujarat independent MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, and Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel were some of the leaders present at the rally.
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