Patna: Sharad Yadav joins Lalu Prasad on stage at anti-BJP rally

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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".

Mr. Yadav was speaking at the massive BJP bhagao, Desh bachao (oust BJP, save country) rally at the Gandhi Maidan here, organised by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). However, when asked about JD (U) warning him of action if he participated in the rally, Sharad Yadav refused to comment.

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. Adding that by attending the rally, Yadav had created problem for his membership, Tyagi added that he is likely to lose his Rajya Sabha membership as well.

The absence of leaders such as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul apart from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has taken the sting out of the Opposition's purported show of strength against the BJP.

Sharad and JD (U) were at loggerheads after the party made a decision to form the government with BJP, breaking ranks from the Mahagathbandhan.

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The Political heavyweights like Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, Trinamool Congress supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav will also be seen at the event.

Communist leader D Raja joined the Yadavs, along with the RJD leader's wife Rabri Devi, and his three children. He had been specifically instructed to not attend the rally.

Other opposition parties that were represented at the rally included NCP, National Conference, DMK, Kerala Congress, RLD, CPI, JMM, JVM, JD (S) of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, AIUDF of Assam, RSP and CPI-ML.

When Sharad Yadav closed his speech, then the next turn was of Tej Pratap.

Notably, Gandhi Maidan, the rally ground, which has a capacity of seven lakh people, was reportedly packed.