The anti-BJP rally convened by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Sunday has witnessed sea of people. In a display of opposition unity against the BJP, several political heavyweights also shared the stage. Scores of people attended the rally despite floods affecting major parts of Seemanchal, Koshi and Mithilanchal regions of north Bihar. The RLD has claimed that more than 30 lakh people have thronged to the Gandhi Maidan.
Rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav shared a stage for the first time with RJD chief Lalu Yadav at an anti-BJP rally ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao,’ ignoring the JD-U's warning not to attend it. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja of CPI also attended the rally.
Reacting to the huge footfall, Lalu Prasad Yadav sad: “No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu's “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan.”
Sharad Yadav was warmly welcomed by Lalu Prasad when he reached the stage. A smiling Lalu Prasad shook hands with and hugged Sharad Yadav before the huge gathering. Before coming to attend the rally, Sharad Yadav told the media that he was with the Grand Alliance and his JD-U was real JD-U. “Let's wait for one or two months. I will publicly prove it that the JD-U is our party,” he said.
CP Joshi of the Congress, NCP's Tarique Anwar, RLD's Choudhary Jayant Singh, CPI's Sudhakar Reddy, former Jharkhand Chief Ministers Hemant Soren of JMM, Babulal Marandi of the JVM, AIUDF leader Baadruddin Azmal and leaders from the DMK, JD-S and RSP were also part of the rally.
Also, present at the rally were Lalu Prasad's younger son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti.