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Mumbai: Dropping hints that a grand alliance of opposition parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections could not be ruled out, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said a “mahagathbandhan” to stop the Modi juggernaut was a sentiment of the people and not just political parties.
Lashing out at Modi and the ruling party, Gandhi alleged that the prime minister and the BJP were attacking the Constitution and other institutions of the nation.

 

“It is the sentiment of the people and not just political parties which are opposed to the BJP, to have a ‘mahagathbandhan’ that can take on the BJP, the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Gandhi said.

However, he remained silent when asked who would lead the grand alliance of the opposition parties.

The Congress is trying to join together these voices and the work is going on, Gandhi said. The 47-year-old Congress leader is on a two-day visit to Maharashtra since yesterday.

He said the opposition has been asking Modi to bring prices of petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to provide relief to the common man, but “he is not interested.”

“There was an attack on Mumbai (through demonetisation). There are small industries, traders here…

The leather industry and the cloth industry are all here. They were attacked by the ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ (implying the GST by drawing a reference to the celluloid bandit Gabbar Singh),” Gandhi said.

“The whole country is sad, small businessmen are sad because of demonetisation and we are fighting for them,” he said.

Gandhi said during the UPA government’s rule, the crude price was $130 a barrel that has now come down to $70 a barrel.

“However, the benefit has not been passed on to the common man. Where does this money go? In the pockets of a handful of 15 to 20 rich people,” he alleged.