New Delhi, August 27: On Sunday evening Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav organised a rally in Gandhi Maidan, Patna under the banner “BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao”. Several leaders participated in the rally, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi president Akhilesh Yadav who shared the dais at Lalu’s mega rally. There are no accurate reports about the number of people who participated in the rally but a picture shared by Lalu through his official twitter handle caught eyeballs, as some reports claimed that it was morphed.
Thousand’s of people had gathered at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and several aerial photos started surfacing on social media. But Twitteratis were quick enough to point out that one of the photos shared by Lalu Yadav is morphed.
Some social media users also started to troll Lalu Yadav stating it as “another scam”.
“No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao,” tweeted Lalu.
CPI(M) leader Sudhakar Reddy and secretary D Raja were also present on the dais while JMM Chief and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and JVM president Babulal Marandi attended the rally. NCP leader and MP Tariq Anwar was also present at the rally.
Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav, and daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP were seated on the front row of the VVIP dais greeting leaders from other parties on their arrival.
Early speakers including Raghubansh Prasad Singh, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Shivanand Tiwari and others criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for breaking the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ the grand alliance and joining hands with the BJP to form a new government in the state.
They also showered praise on Prasad’s son and former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav, describing him as the “future leader of Bihar.”
Akhilesh Yadav, Hemant Soren, Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap came together on the dais and waved at the crowd signalling unity among the younger generation of the major opposition parties.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the rally at Gandhi Maidan, where a total of 64 CCTV cameras have been installed.
(With inputs from PTI)