The "United India Rally" being organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground today has received a roaring response from opposition leaders as well as the public, with lakhs gathering at the venue. Among those on the stage are Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar. Although Congress president Rahul Gandhi could not make it to the event, he had extended his support in a letter addressed to the Trinamool chief yesterday. While the speakers at the event termed the event as a response to the "dark days" brought upon the country by the BJP government, Ms Banerjee went as far as to say that the "expiry date of the Modi government" is past. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, only dismissed the rally by saying that the opposition parties were uniting to save "their families, their empires".