Patna, August 27: More than 6,000 policemen have been deployed to provide security at Gandhi Maidan, the venue for RJD’s anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in the state capital. 64 CCTV cameras have also been installed in and around the premises to maintain strict vigil. Organised by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the BJP Bhagao rally will be reportedly attended by Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and rebel Janata Dal(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
News Agency PTI quoted District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal saying that over 6,000 police personnel have been deployed, Regarding the CCTV cameras, he said that while 32 of them will be installed inside the Gandhi Maidan, the rest will be placed outside. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is confident of a huge turnout and said that senior leaders who are not able to make it to the rally will send their deputies.
Slated as a major gathering of the Opposition, RJD expects this rally to be an important show ahead of the Lok Sabha Polls in 2019. Initially, Lalu said that BSP chief Mayawati had assured to send a senior leader of her party, which the latter denied. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi will not be able to make it, sources claimed. However, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, C.P Joshi and Hanumantha Rao will represent the Congress.
Among the ones which have accepted the offer are TMC, SP, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Kerala Congress, National Conference and Janata Dal (Secular).
Noteworthy that this rally was planned more than three months ago, before the split in the JD(U)-RJD allied government in Bihar. Following the split, the newly allied JD(U)- BJP faction took shots at the rally citing its time-inappropriateness due to the massive floods in the state. They will reportedly observe this day as a ‘black day’.