PATNA: RJD president Lalu Prasad looks to be facing “political isolation” as top leaders from the Opposition camp have announced to stay away from his proposed Patna rally against the BJP. The rally will be organized on August 27.
The rally nicknamed “BJP Bhaago, Desh Bachao” (dethrone BJP to save the country) to be held at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan was believed to be the major initiative by the RJD chief to forge unity in the scattered Opposition ahead of the next general elections due in 2019.
Keeping that in view, the RJD chief had invited all the opposition leaders at his party rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. However, the response he received has not been quite encouraging.
Prasad had earlier claimed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi would attend his rally but none of them are joining him now.
“Madam Sonia Gandhiji is sick while Rahul Gandhiji is proceeding on foreign tour,” explained Rabri Devi today. She is wife of RJD chief Prasad.
BSP chief Miss Mayawati too is not attending the rally. “I will not be sharing stage with anyone until the finalization of seat-sharing process as that may benefit the BJP,” the BSP chief has told the media.
The Communist Party of India (Marxists-Leninist) too has distanced from the proramme. There is also no certainty about if Samajwadi Party chief and former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will make it to the function.
However, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav have consented to join the RJD rally, according to Prasad.
According to analysts, the continuing corruption cases against the RJD president is proving to a major hindrance in getting the opposition leaders come near him although the issue for which rally is being organized remains quite relevant. In the past few weeks, the CBI, Income tax Department and Enforcement Directorate have stepped up investigation against Prasad and his children in cases relating to corruption, much to the discomfiture of even his supporters, according to a report in the Gulf News.