Half a million attend opposition rally to remove India's Modi

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Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu also arrived for the rally and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha also lauded Banerjee and said that she is a "national leader" who has a "crowd-pulling" power.

The rally has several major leaders in attendance including Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President MK Stalin and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav.

Hundreds of kilometers away from Uttar Pradesh, the state's new political alignment will reflect in full glory here on Saturday at the mega anti-BJP rally being organised by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress. "When those involved in suffocating democracy talk of saving it, then people will say "wah kya baat hai".

"Whoever wants to come together against the BJP. you all come together". Highlighting his government's achievements in the last 5 years. People from different regions of the country have assembled together and we just have one objective - to defeat BJP and Narendra Modi and save the country.

Politicians at the rally, whose organisers said was attended by more than a million people, said India's growth had slowed during Modi's term and their first priority was to defeat him, adding a replacement would be decided after the elections.

National Conference leader Farooq Abdulah said the Constitution of the country was under threat.

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From Congress, Kharge and his party colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi will take part in the rally. He said over the last 70 years the country has seen the emergence of strong regional parties that have played an important role to protect the interests of their own states.

He asked all the leaders on the dais to come to Amaravati to attend the rally and declare to the entire nation the opposition unity to dethrone the Narendra Modi government.

"Only few hours to go for the historic "United India Rally" at Brigade Parade Grounds".

Large-scale preparations were made to ensure that the rally turns out to be massive success.

Missing from Saturday's lineup was Rahul Gandhi, president of the main opposition Congress party and leaders of the left parties, reflecting tensions among opposition parties on who would be their prime ministerial candidate against Modi.