The Patna meeting ground turned into a sea of humanity when the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav conducted the rally, ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ (drive away BJP to save country) on August 27. It was a show of his political influence and popularity among masses that when many parts of Bihar were inundated with flood water, lakhs of people attended the rally. The BJP and the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Yadav were the main targets of the meeting which was attended by the Trinamool Congress chief and Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, rebel JDU leader Sharad Yadav, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar, CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy, All India United Democratic Front leader Badruddin Ajmal and many other opposition leaders. This meeting may or may not be the beginning of the second Grand Alliance but it would sure be the challenge for the JDU-BJP front led by Nitish Kumar in 2019 elections.
Lalu Prasad Yadav said Nitish Kumar by breaking the Grand Alliance and joining hand with the BJP insulted the mandate of the people and therefore the masses and classes of Bihar would teach him a fitting reply in coming elections. People will not forget or forgive those who broke the alliance and shamed the state by treachery, he said. The BJP is the communal and fascist party and the people of the country have come to know the Hindutva agenda of the NDA government, he said and added that the popularity graph of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the wane. He said the Modi government was afraid of his popularity among the masses of Bihar and therefore false cases were filed against his family members.
The JDU leader Sharad Yadav who by joining the rally clearly parted ways with the Nitish Kumar group, castigated the Chief Minister for sailing with the BJP for the sake of power. It was the lust for power that Nitish Kumar broke the Grand Alliance, he said.
Opposition leaders who addressed the rally hoped that a greater alliance would soon be formed to oust the NDA government at the centre. They blasted the Prime Minister for imposing the Hindutva agenda on the country. The people are dejected because none of the promises made was fulfilled by the Modi government which would be dethroned in coming elections, they declared.