Mahagatbandhan is an unholy alliance: Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at the Mahagatbandhan for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, saying it was an unholy alliance of various political parties for personal survival.

Interacting with booth workers from Chennai Central, Chennai North, Madurai, Tiruchirappally and Tiruvallur constituencies in Tamil Nadu through video conference, he said people will see through the “incoherent alliance of rich dynasties.

Modi recalled that the key constituent of the mega alliance – the Telugu Desam Party– was formed against the very “high-handedness” of the Congress by the veteran, late chief minister NT Rama Rao but said the party was now keen to join hands with the Congress.

“Today several leaders are talking about a grand alliance or Mahagathbandhan. This alliance is for personal survival, and is not ideology-based support. This alliance is for power, not for the people. This alliance for personal ambitions, not people’s aspirations,” he said.

Some parties in the Mahagatbandhan claimed to be inspired by socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, but the veteran himself opposed the Congress and its ideologies, Modi said and added that many leaders in the coalition were “arrested and tortured” during the Emergency.

The Congress ecosystem spared none, he said and pointed out at the dismissal of the AIADMK government of late chief minister MG Ramachandran in 1980 though he had people’s support.