August 27 rally: RJD may not succeed in its objective
Patna,(BiharTimes): If the purpose was to bring all the top opposition leaders to one platform in Patna on August 27, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is not going to achieve it as neither the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati are going to attend it.
Congres will be represented by senior party leader Ghulan Nabi Azad and Bihar’s incharge, C P Joshi and BSP by its general secretary Satish Mishra.
When the idea to hold this rally was conceived it was thought that chief minister Nitish Kumar too would be addressing it. But he chose to cross over to the BJP exactly a month before August 27 rally.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to come so will Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Singh Yadav. Even the Left parties may not be represented by their top leaders.
When the rally was planned RJD was a bit upbeat as the opposition was gearing up to challenge the BJP. But then the latter turned the table and got a prize catch in the form of Nitish Kumar.
That was preceded by a series of charges levelled against Lalu Prasad and his family by BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and raids by the CBI and other central agencies. Not only that Lalu had to frequently appear in the CBI court in Ranchi.
So in a matter of few weeks the whole “BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao” rally lost its sheen.
Instead his sons had to launch Janadesh Apman Yatra against Nitish. The beleaguered RJD chief could give little time to muster mass support for the rally.
Thus August 27 show would largely be a test of Tejashwi and his elder brother Tej Pratap, rather than a show of Lalu Prasad.
Political observers are of the view that senior opposition leaders like Sonia, Rahul and Mayawati would rather adopt wait and watch policy. They may avoid sharing dias with Tejashwi and Tej Pratap at this point of time. They may attend any future rally of Lalu as the elections are far away.
“Besides, the compulsion with Lalu is that he can not postpone or cancel the rally citing flood as the reason as RJD had made all the arrangements and made advance payment for vehicles, tents, light, fooding, lodging etc. Not only that it would be better to whip up anti-Nitish sentiment at the earliest,” a political commentator told BiharTimes.
Thus there is likelihood that there would be more firework against Nitish Kumar than Narendra Modi in the rally.