Lalu rally a flop, says Sushil Modi

Echoing his support for "grand alliance", Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav says "Mahagatbandhan" is still intact and formidable.

Former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav today asserted that the countdown of Nitish Kumar government had begun with senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav joining camp of anti-BJP parties.

Lalu Yadav, took spoke against his former ally, who junked the Grand Alliance last month to join hands with old ally BJP. "He is a political turncoat and is hungry for power", he said at the rally.

Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Sharad Yadav refused to make any comment saying "Kuch nahi bolna hain" (I have nothing to say).

Notably, Rahul Gandhi will not be able to attend the rally as the Congress leader is flying to Norway on the invitation of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Reacting to Sharad Yadav's presence at the rally, JD (U) secretary general K.C. Tyagi told this newspaper: "He ended his long association with the party by attending the rally organised by the RJD". Reports have suggested that Sharad Yadav may be removed from his Rajya Sabha seat for not abiding by the party's alliance decision.

Lau's tweet read, "No "Face" will stand in front of Lalu's "Base".

"Nitish Kumar was like an uncle and will always be, but he has insulted the mandate given by the people of Bihar. We feel that he has voluntarily left the JD (U) by going against the party line". "Come and Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao", captioned Lalu in his tweet. CP Joshi of the Congress, Nationalist Congress party's Tarique Anwar, Rashtriya Lok Dal's Choudhary Jayant Singh, Communist Party of India'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 also attended the rally.

  • Jack Mann