Rahul Gandhi sends solidarity message for RJD's Patna rally

Casey Dawson
August 28, 2017

But feedback from the party's Bihar unit as well as an assessment by AICC managers indicated it would be better if the Gandhis stayed away from Lalu's show to avoid the charge of supporting a tainted leader. It did mean that Mr Yadav had quit JD (U) on his own and was actively participating in the event organised by other party, he noted.

Leaders of several opposition parties came together at the RJD rally today and gave a call for dethroning the BJP in the next parliamentary election but much of the sheen was lost due to the absence of leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and BSP chief Mayawati.

Lalu Yadav embraced Sharad Yadav on the dais while welcoming him.

JD-U leaders including General Secretary KC Tyagi and party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar had declared that Sharad Yadav has now joined hands with the "corrupt" and that the JD-U led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will act against him. Reports have suggested that Sharad Yadav may be removed from his Rajya Sabha seat for not abiding by the party's alliance decision.

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Sharad Yadav described how the Grand Alliance was stitched in Bihar.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who was not at the rally issued a statement in which he accused BJP of using money and muscle to form a government even in those states where it had not got a mandate to rule.

The rally was attended by most Opposition leaders including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, SP boss Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azaab and thousands of supporters. He said that those big leaders who are not able to join, they have made a decision to send their party senior leaders to the rally.

"We have seen three and half years that passed so far in the name of "achche din" (good days).But reality on the ground is different. farmers are dying, unemployed youths are growing at fast rate like never before, common people are fed up with price rise", she said. He added, "Now no political party would trust Nitish Kumar.this was his last palti (somersault)".

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