Lalu vows 'war' on BJP, defiant Sharad attends

Marie Harrington
August 28, 2017

The preparations for the rally "Desh Bachao BJP Bhagao", which are scheduled to be held in Patna, on Thursday, have been completed. Now, all eyes are on the RJD's rally as it is going to be a show of strength by Lalu Prasad.

"Since the Union government and the state government of Uttar Pradesh have massive majority, there would be no impact of the opposition rally called by the RJD chief in Bihar today", he told reporters here.

JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has opposed party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to rejoin the NDA, declared on Sunday that a national level grand alliance will be formed to take on the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections as "the country today is passing through a risky phase".

The party said Yadav has "voluntarily" given up JD (U) membership by attending the rally organised by Lalu Prasad's RJD.

Lalu Yadav welcomed Sharad Yadav by embracing him and calling his "faction" the real JD (U).

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He said, big leaders who can not make it to the program are deputing senior leaders of their parties.

JD (U) officials made it clear that the party will not expel Yadav, a founding member of the party and its longest serving president, as it would allow him to retain his Rajya Sabha membership.

The Congress leader said that barring a few people close to the government, every section of society is "bearing the brunt of anti-people and anti-poor policies" of this (central) government.

It must be mentioned that Lalu's sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi, who was the former deputy chief minister have been termed as the main "astra" in the fight against BJP and Nitish Kumar.

Sharad Yadav described how the Grand Alliance was stitched in Bihar. Mr Yadav's rally also saw the participation of Trinamul chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. He added that the robbery of people's mandate will never let Nitish have a sound sleep and that Kumar doesn't have the courage to face the public, Indian Express reported.

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