As India celebrates Republic Day, Sharad Yadav, Hardik Patel, Omar Abdullah held meeting in Mumbai – Here’s why

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New Delhi | Published: January 26, 2018 5:13:08 PM

A number of Opposition parties took to streets in Mumbai today on the occasion of India's 69th Republic Day.

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A number of Opposition parties took to streets in Mumbai today on the occasion of India’s 69th Republic Day. Those Opposition leaders who participated in the Save Constitution’ march in protest against the policies of the government include Sharad Yadav, Sharad Pawar, D Raja, Omar Abdullah, Sushilkumar Shinde , Dinesh Trivedi among others. Leaders marched from statue of BR Ambedkar, near Mumbai University campus, to Gateway of India. Ahead of the march, leaders met at the official residence of Opposition leader in Maharashtra assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in Mumbai.

The march by Opposition leaders took place a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to the countrymen, that was uploaded on his official Twitter account. In the letter, the newly elected party president reminded the countrymen of the rights that have been guaranteed as per the constitution in terms of Justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.

The ‘Save Constitution’ march by Opposition leaders is being considered as an attempt to bolster anti-BJP forces before 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Also present in the meeting was Independent MP from Maharashtra Raju Shetti, the convener of the march. “This will be a silent morcha (march). After reaching the Gateway (of India), they will stage a sit-in for some time. There will be no speeches,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

The BJP has also organised ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in the Maharashtra capital today, in its attempt to counter the opposition event. Earlier, chief of Mumbai BJP unit Ashish Shelar had said that a number of ministers, MPs and MLAs were expected participate in the event. Later state CM Devendra Fadnavis also addressed the gathering after it converges at Kamgar Maidan.

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