Joint call to fight BJP sounded at Lalu rally

Lalu Yadav's younger son Tejashwi Yadav, who has emerged as the new face of the RJD after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form government in July, campaigned vigorously across the state to mobilize his supporters for the rally. In his statement to the Times of India Tyadi said "Despite being in Patna, Sharad Yadav didn't take part in party's national executive meet and if he goes on to take part in a political rally convened by the rival party, it will be considered that he has voluntarily given up the party membership". Sharad Yadav's presence on stage, despite his party warning him to stay away, may invitestern action against him.

"We had informed him this would be seen as anti-party activity and it means that he has left party himself.According to 10th schedule, on doing this he will lose his Rajya Sabha membership as well", Tyagi said.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of favouring only a "few people" and formulating anti-poor policies.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadavs opposition rally at Patna will not have any impact on the BJP government, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said today.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday targeted the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making "false promises" and their total failure to fulfil any of them for people.

CPI's general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy and secretary D. Raja were present on the dais while Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief and former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) president Babulal Marandi attended the rally. For Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad will represent the party at the event.

When Sharad Yadav closed his speech, then the next turn was of Tej Pratap. Sharad Yadav echoed the same thoughts as Lalu and said without naming Nitish Kumar that his shadow betrayed him. She also declared that "like nasbandi (sterilisation) had cost Indira Gandhi's government, this notebandi (demonetisation) will remove BJP from power".

Notably, Gandhi Maidan, the rally ground, which has a capacity of seven lakh people, was reportedly packed.

  • Tracy Klein