Lalu Yadav’s rally, a test of strength for RJD chief and fragmented Opposition as Sonia, Rahul, Mayawati skip

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav have been doing good complimentary job for their father, who always takes a rally as a reviving force every time he is forced to wall.

Written by Santosh Singh | Updated: August 26, 2017 12:18 pm
Lalu Prasad's rally, Narendra Modi government, Lalu Prasad Yadav rally in Patna, Patna Gandhi maidan, Sharad Yadav, Mamata Banerjee on Modi government, indian express news RJD chief Lalu Prasad (File)

RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally on 27 August at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan is not just a test of political strength of Lalu Prasad but an occasion that would tell how a confused Opposition at national level would move forward post Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s political somersault of returning to NDA and turning an ally from being a prime challenger to PM Narendra Modi. So far, only West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, former UP CM and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and some Left and second-line Congress leaders besides JD (U) rebels Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari confirming their participation.

Lalu, who might well be cursing floods for not letting his core supporters to think of politics and come to Patna, has been still managing to evoke good response from crowd. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav have been doing good complimentary job for their father, who always takes a rally as a reviving force every time he is forced to wall.

What Rs 1,000 crore and rising Srijan scam has done is to allow people forget about CBI and ED cases against Lalu Prasad’s family but put some big question marks on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during whose tenure the great siphoning from government accounts took place in last 10 years. But RJD also has some questions to ask itself as RJD finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui too failed to sniff out the big scam despite a system in placs of audit of district funds by finance department. But Srijan has provided just the political plant RJD seems to be taking as manna from heaven. RJD is trying to let people forget mall and ED raids even though deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi still making fresh allegations against Lalu.

Lalu and his son Tejashwi would talk betrayal of mandate, political vendetta, Srijan and a need of a strong Opposition against PM Narendra Modi. Lalu may score some political points at homefront but absence of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi may not provide the desired boost to Opposition unity.

The big question of who would lead the Opposition charge hangs in air. JD (U) rebel Sharad Yadav has put his hat in ring for a key role in uniting the Opposition. How and what Mamata Banerjee says would further give a lead towards evading Opposition unity. As for Lalu, it would be all gain from position of losing power in Bihar and facing lot of corruption dirt.

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  1. A
    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:24 am
    1. It is so disgraceful that opposition parties’ politicians wish to provide support to someone like Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav whose only aim to protect himself and his family members from possible conviction in money laundering cases. 2. Of course we understand why Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav’s is angry against Shri Nitish Kumar: an FIR was filed against his son Shri Tejaswi Yadav and Tejaswi lost his job as Dy. chief minister of Bihar. 2. But Shri Sharad Yadav should understand that his credibility as a political leader will be going downhill if he joins hands with Shri Lalu Prasad. 3. In the context of cases pending against Shri Lalu Prasad and to be filed against his son, daughter wife, and many others I believe that the Central govt. must amend laws and pave way for setting up Fast Track Special Courts to handle exclusively all such cases. Then our politics will be much cleaner than it is now. 4. All citizens who are aware of delays in our Courts should support move to set up FTSCs.
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      RAVI K
      Aug 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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        Poda De
        Aug 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm
        Lalua, Mulayama, Sharadyadava, Mamata - Ugly Shameless Guilt-ful Cowards displaying back-stabbing Loyalty of Unity - Jokers !
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          Shafted mohammed
          Aug 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm
          All the big leaders have skipped his rally , only rogues and ruffians would now attend this slimy corrupt man's rally. He and his family must spent rest of life in jail.
          1. H
            Aug 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm
            This is the creation of illiterate and fools public of state who is repeatedly voting to corrupt and non-performing RJD and JD(U) since last 25 years. The situation will never improve if the public will not stop voting for both parties. Such situation will continue in future if Nitish is not removed immediately from CM post who is running Bihar at his wishes by aligning with corrupt, criminal and convicted LALOO for years knowingly jeopardizing lives of 11 crore people who faced most awkward period for last 4 years. Nitish further experimented by making corrupt and inexperienced Jeetanram Manjhi as CM who indulged in massive corruption. After 15 years by Laloo raj, Nitish ruled Bihar resulted in complete wash out of state by floods and drought since there was no development took place except looting all resources of the state. BJP has done b er by joining govt which will boomerang on BJP and it will ensure humiliating defeats for BJP in future elections. So BJP must withdraw support
            1. R
              Aug 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm
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