Serhat TUNAR –TDO- India's major opposition parties come together in a show of strength with an eye on general elections due by May.
India’s opposition parties have drawn half a million supporters to the eastern city of Kolkata for the largest show of force yet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national elections due by May.
The massive "Unite India" rally held on Saturday brought together leaders of over 20 national and regional parties - many of whom have previously fought against each other during elections - to rail against Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
"The Modi government is past its expiry date," said Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state.
Her government, which organized the rally, had suggested four million would attend, but Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar said 500,000 showed up in the eastern city.
Modi, who was inspecting military hardware in Gujarat state on Saturday, accused the opposition of acting in self-interest.
"The alliance is not against me, it's against India," he said, as quoted by the Hindustan Times newspaper.