Patna, August 27: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati will not attend RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s rally in Patna on Sunday. The ‘BJP bhagao, Desh bachao’ rally will be organised at Gandhi Maidan and will be attended by political parties from the anti-BJP political spectrum.
Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will be in attendance. With this, the opposition block will show its unity and strength against the BJP that rules over about 67 per cent of the country’s population.
Along with these political leaders, the rally will be attended by thousands of party workers and district- level leaders. All 80 RJD MLAs will attend this anti-BJP rally. BSP Supremo Mayawati, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has backed out from attending the rally. However, Lalu Prasad Yadav is quite confident that the rally will witness a huge gathering of prominent political leaders. (ALSO READ: Bihar: Three RJD Supporters Killed in Car Accident Ahead of ‘BJP Bhagao Rally’)
He told IANS, “I am sure and certain. Where is the question of doubt? Thousands of people, my party leaders, workers, supporters, and sympathizers have already started arriving in Patna with drums, traditional music groups to be part of the rally”. The rally will be hosted by Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi Yadav. Tejashwi said that this rally will focus more on exposing Nitish Kumar and BJP. He told IANS, “We will expose Nitish Kumar’s ‘double speak’ and his ‘opportunistic alliance’ with the BJP, in the rally”.
As reported by IANS, Lalu Prasad’s supporters are flocking Patna in large numbers. People started arriving in the city since Friday night. The city is reported to be painted green by RJD workers. Party workers are sporting green caps and will be holding green flags and banners. The security is also tightened in the city for RJD’s mega rally. According to reports, over 20 CCTV cameras are installed in and around the rally venue and 4,000 police personnel have been deployed.