Lalu Prasad Yadav rally in Patna Live updates: In a show of strength against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and friend turned foe Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav is holding a rally at iconic Gandhi Maidan today. It has been learnt that prominent opposition leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav are attending the event. However, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi had skipped the gathering. But senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, C P Joshi and Hanumantha Rao would represent the party, according to reports. Notably, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, is also present at the stage.
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4:50 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says CBI raided my house on Nitish Kumar’s direction
4:48 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Mulayam asked me to make Nitish the Chief Minister of Bihar
4:47 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Nitish Kumar saw Tejashwi Yadav as a threat
4:43 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says that he has never seen two parties which such differing ideologies come together
4:39 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says people of Bihar know about the property owned by me
4:37 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Nitish Kumar is jealous of Tejashwi Yadav
4:35 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says people of Bihar voted for me and not for Nitish
4:35 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Nitish Kumar does not follow any principles
4:35 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says All NDA leaders in Bihar are my products
4:33 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says the power of the people will reign supreme
4:30 PM: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav: The message of this rally has gone to all parts of the country
4:28 PM: Lalu Prasad: Organised this rally on Sunday in order to not inconvenience people
4:25 PM: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav addresses the ‘BJP bhagao desh bachao’ rally
4:24 PM: Rabri Devi says Nitish and Modi are stealing from the treasury, they should resign
4:20 PM: Sharad Yadav’s message to Nitish Kumar: I want to tell the people who broke the alliance, that we will form an alliance with 125 crore people
4:15 PM: Rabri says kick out those people who are not honest
4:10 PM: Lalu’s wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi addresses the ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ rally
4:05 PM: Mamata Banerjee says Nitish Kumar took votes in Lalu’s name and look what happened
4 PM: Mamata Banerjee: Three years have passed, where are these Achhe din?
3:58 PM: Mamata Banerjee says the Centre is trying to scare Lalu Prasad by using the CBI
3:55 PM: Mamata Banerjee says Saddened by the suffering caused by the floods in Bihar
3:53 PM: Mamata Banerjee: We know the voice of the people
3:50 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee address the rally
3:45 PM: Tej Pratap Yadav says the people of Bihar were cheated
3:40 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav addresses the ‘BJP bhagao, desh bacaho’ rally
3:35 PM: Sharad Yadav slams Centre, Bihar government says how can 440 people die in floods 70 years after India’s independence
3:10 PM: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has also sent a message. He congratulated Lalu Prasad Yadav for holding the rally and criticised the Centre over a raft of issues. He said that he could not attend the rally as he had to attend an event in Norway.
3:07 PM: WATCH- A sea of people in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s rally
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2017
3:05 PM: Earlier, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi greeted Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee and their son Tejaswi Yadav touched her feet.
3:02 PM: CPI’s general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy and secretary D Raja were present on the dais while JMM chief and former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, and JVM president Babulal Marandi were attended the rally.
2:58 PM: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabh Ghulam Nabi Azad brought recorded message of Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
2:53 PM: If someone thinks BJP can’t be defeated than come to Gandhi Maidan, 30 lacs people are waiting, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.
2:50 PM: Take a look at Lalu Prasad’s tweet
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) August 27, 2017
2:48 PM: RJD chief Lalu Prasad has already said the ‘BJP bhagao desh bachao’ rally would herald the decline of the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
2:45 PM: Thousands of people attended the rally despite floods affecting major parts of Seemanchal, Koshi and Mithilanchal regions of north Bihar.
2:40 PM: Also present at the rally were Lalu Prasad’s younger son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti.
2:35 PM: Watch this video
2:30 PM: C.P. Joshi of the Congress, NCP’s Tarique Anwar, RLD’s Choudhary Jayant Singh, CPI’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.
2:25 PM: Thousands of people attended the rally despite floods affecting major parts of Seemanchal, Koshi and Mithilanchal regions of north Bihar.
2:20 PM: Watch this video
2:15 PM: Sharad Yadav was warmly welcomed by Lalu Prasad when he reached the stage. A smiling Lalu Prasad shook hands with and hugged Sharad Yadav before the huge gathering.
2:10 PM: Before coming to attend the rally, Sharad Yadav told the media that he was with the Grand Alliance and his JD-U was real JD-U. “Lets wait for one or two months. I will publicly prove it that the JD-U is our party,” he said.
2:07 PM: JD-U leaders including General Secretary K.C. Tyagi and party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar 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.
2:05 PM: Sharad Yadav was warmly welcomed by Lalu Prasad when he reached the stage. A smiling Lalu Prasad shook hands with and hugged Sharad Yadav before the huge gathering.
2:00 PM: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has arrived at the rally ground and greeted CPI leader D. Raja
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2017
1:55 PM: Rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday shared a stage for the first time with RJD chief Lalu Prasad at an anti-BJP rally, ignoring the JD-U’s warning not to attend it.
1:53 PM: Sharad Yadav, a former Janata Dal-United President, joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) at its “Desh Bachao, BJP Bhagao” rally at Gandhi Maidan
1:50 PM: Opposition leaders have attended the event.
1:36 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has arrived at the ground
1:34 PM: Tejashwi Yadav launched a scathing attack on BJP and Nitsih Kumar. He raised issues like corruption, employment to criticise the BJP
1:25 PM: Patna’s historic Gandhi Maidan is packed. Lakhs of people still on roads. Witness the historic moment. Sushil Modi must come and count the number of people otherwise he would claim 25 lakhs people were not there in Rally, former state Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.
1:22 PM: On the way to Rally Venue, OMG didn’t anticipate that much crowd, its crossing expected crowd of 25 lacs. Thank you Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.
1:20 PM: Opposition unites at historic Gandhi Maidan, to unseat the Party that instils a culture of hate through divide-and-rule regime, says Congress.
Opposition unites at historic Gandhi Maidan, to unseat the Party that instils a culture of hate through divide-and-rule regime. #DeshBachao
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 27, 2017
12:48 PM: Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad arrives at RJD’s rally in Patna.
12:45 PM: WATCH- Here is why this rally is crucial for Lalu Prasad Yadav
12:25 PM: Former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav is sitting next to Lalu Yadav at RJD’s rally in Patna
12:20 PM: JDU MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have shared dais with Lalu Yadav at RJD’s rally in Patna.
12:03 PM: Live images from Lalu Prasad Yadav rally in Patna
12:00 PM: The CPI(M)’ mouthpiece People’s Democracy in its last edition had asserted that “putting together an alliance of a motley bunch of secular parties” will not help in countering the BJP.
11:57 PM: “The Modi government and the BJP are pursuing neo-liberal policies and the Hindutva communal agenda. So, to take the struggle forward against the Centre, there has to be a fight against both the neo-liberal policies and the communal onslaught,” it said.
11:54 AM: Lalu Prasad Yadav has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that “The country is witnessing an emergency-like situation today. Those not agreeing with him are being harassed by lodging court cases.”
11:49 AM: CPIM is not attending the rally because West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present at the event.
11:45 AM: “Our party general secretary (Sitaram Yechury) or any other representative of the party will not attend the rally owing to Mamata Banerjee’s presence,” a top CPI(M) leader told news agency PTI.
10:36 AM: Sharad Yadav had earlier said he would be attending the RJD rally and leave for Patna todday.
10:31 AM: The JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha members had on August 12 removed Sharad Yadav, who opposed the party’s decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with R C P Singh.
10:28 AM: Leaders of different parties, including West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad will participate in the RJD’s ‘BJP bhagao desh bachao’ rally here, which its chief Lalu Prasad said would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election.
10:25 am: Differences between Kumar and Yadav surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar last month.
10:23 AM: The Yadav faction has also staked claims over the JD(U)’s poll symbol (arrow) and the offices allotted to the party.
10:20 AM: Citing the JD(U)’s national executive meeting in 2015, Javed Raza, the general secretary of the faction led by rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav said it was resolved that Sharad Yadav, then the party’s president, may be authorised to expand the model of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) at national level.
10:16 AM: So, Yadav is following the the principles and ethics as well as resolutions of the supreme body of the party, he said.
10:13 AM: Sharad Yadav had earlier said he would be attending the RJD rally and leave for Patna tomorrow.
10:10 AM: The JD(U) faction led by Sharad Yadav today said he is following the resolution of the party’s national council by attending the RJD rally today, whereas Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has breached the decision by aligning with the BJP.
10:06 AM: Javed Raza, the general secretary of the faction led by rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, in a statement, said Kumar did not follow the decision of party’s national council in April last year, in which he was authorised to make efforts to create an atmosphere of “BJP and RSS-free India”.
10:03 AM: The fact is that Kumar did not bring up the matter before the supreme bodies of the party before aligning with the BJP and therefore he violated the schedule 10 of the Constitution, Raza said.
9:58 AM: “August 27 will be counted as a black day in political history of the country,” he said attacking the RJD.
9:56 AM: Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal said that over 6,000 policemen would be deployed for the rally.
9:54 AM: He said 64 CCTV cameras, 32 inside Gandhi Maidan and as many outside it, have been installed.
9:52 AM: The BJP leader and state Health minister Mangal Pandey accused Lalu Prasad and his party of being insensitive towards flood victims whom neither he nor his partymen visited at the time of distress.
9:48 AM: State JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh said, “instead of visiting flood victims, Lalu Prasad is busy showing his face as well as those of his two sons.”
9:46 AM: He also informed that 28 teams of National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), 30 teams of Indian army and a total of 2500 armed men were deployed to review the condition by the Centre within 72 hours of the
9:43 AM: An amount of Rs 6000 would also be credited to the RTGS account of the victims.
9:40 AM: Retorting to the allegations by the opposition that former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh announced relief fund of Rs 1100 crore to support a similar situation, the deputy CM asserted that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family have never supported the cause and failed to announce relief funds for flood victims.
9:38 AM: Sushil Modi expressed his gratitude to Prime minister Narendra Modi and the Centre for the support during flood like situation in Bihar.
9:36 AM: “We express our gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for taking out valuable time to visit Bihar and supervise the flood affected areas of Bihar,” Modi said.
9:33 AM: “I thank Prime Minister to grant Rs. 500 crore as flood relief fund and the kin of the deceased would be issued Rs. two lakhs extra from the Prime Minister fund,” he added
9:30 AM: The Bihar deputy CM alleged that the opposition was trying to politicise the situation instead of supporting for the cause prevailing in the state.
9:28 AM: “I think the situation must not be politicised. The Centre and the state government have been jointly working to overcome the difficult situation, assisting the flood victims in every possible way,” Sushil Modi told ANI.
9:25 AM: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday slammed the opposition and said that former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family are more concerned about the 27 August ‘Desh Bachao – Bhajpa Bhagao’ rally than the state’s flood situation.
9:20 AM: WATCH- Lalu Prasad Yadav hits out at PM Narendra Modi
9:15 AM: According to a list drawn up by the RJD last night, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and leaders of the NCP, CPI, RLD, JMM, JVM, DMK, Kerala Congress, RSP, AIUDF, NC and JD(S) leaders would share dais with Lalu Prasad.
9:12 AM: Lalu Prasad had thanked Mamata Banerjee for confirming her participation at the ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ rally. “Mamata Didi ko special thanks hain, RJD welcomes her to the rally,” Prasad told reporters yesterday.
9:09 AM: He said, big leaders who cannot make it to the programme are deputing senior leaders of their parties.
9:05 AM: RJD chief Lalu Prasad had said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha poll in which united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.