Multiple leaders spoke of the necessity to forget differences.

Kalpana Soren, Sunita Kejriwal and Sonia Gandhi on March 31, 2024. Photo: By arrangement.

By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta

New Delhi: Easter Sunday’s Loktantra Bachao or ‘save democracy’ rally against the backdrop of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest turned out to be the opposition’s show of strength that also laid the roadmap for a joint campaign in the Lok Sabha polls. 

Each of the INDIA leaders emphasised the need to come together despite differences with each other, as they spoke of the necessity to build a political umbrella on the central issue of democratic backsliding in India and a right-wing takeover of India’s long-cherished autonomous institutions. The rally ended with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reading a resolution on behalf of INDIA that demanded an immediate release of Kejriwal and former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and urged the Union government to ensure a level playing field in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Uddhav Thackeray, leader of the Shiv Sena faction under his name, spoke about the need for a coalition government in the country and held the “one party, one man” rule in the country as the reason behind the weakening of the Indian nation. Leader of Kashmir’s People’s Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti, spoke about how opposition leaders were being put under the legal scanner without “any vakeel (advocate), any karyavahi (process), and any daleel (sound argument)”. 

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