Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on sunday held a mega rally”BJP hagao Desh Bachao” at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. The rally was attended by Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi party president Akhilesh Yadav, CPI leader D Raja and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and CP Joshi .
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The rally was being seen as mega show of strength of opposition parties against BJP. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will also be targeted in rally as he dumped RJD and joined hands with the BJP. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul have decided to skip the rally and sent their representatives Azad and Joshi.
Sharad Yadav arrived on Saturday to take part in the rally.
He, however, refused to make any comment on the JD(U) headed by Nitish Kumar issuing a warning over his participation in Prasad’s rally.
“Earlier it was rally of RJD but now it has become a rally of Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) to save the country,” Sharad Yadav told reporters at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport on arrival.
Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Yadav refused to make any comment saying “Kuch nahi bolna hain” (I have nothing to say)”.
Another JD(U) rebel and suspended Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar who also came here for the rally claimed that many genuine workers of JD(U) would participate in the rally at Gandhi Maidan.
JD(U) principal general secretary K C Tyagi repeated that with departure of “mahanayak” (great leader) of the erstwhile grand alliance (Nitish Kumar) the Mahagatbandhan ceases to exist.
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“Its an RJD rally in which nobody from the party should go,” Tyagi said. “Jo jayega woh napega (who so ever will go will invite punishment),” he said.