West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamta Banerjee, former UP CM and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, and senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad were conspicuous by their presence at the rally christened as “Desh Bachao-BJP Bhagao Rally”.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav too joined the bandwagon ignoring his party’s warning not to attend the rally, thus paving the way for his official ouster from the party he headed for so many years. He was warmly welcomed by Lalu when he reached the stage.
“Lets wait for one or two months. I will publicly prove it that the JD(U) is our party,” he said.
The rally flooded with supporters of RJD was held at Patna’s famous Gandhi Maidan. Prominent regional party leaders including CP Joshi of the Congress, Tariq Anwar of NCP, Chaudhary Jayant Singh of RLD, Sudhakar Reddy of CPI, Hemant Soren of JMM, Babulal Marandi of JVM, Badruddin Azmal of AIUDF, Assam, and leaders from DMK and RSP also participated in the rally.
Former UP CM and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav described the BJP as ‘digital party’ and alleged that its policies were not beneficial to poor people and farmers.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi conveyed his best wishes for the rally.
Also present at the rally were Lalu Prasad's younger son and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, his wife and former state CM Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti.
Tejashwi said that Nitish Kumar was like an uncle and would always be so.
He also said that he didn't know what was the fear that compeled Nitish Kumar to leave the Grand Alliance and join the NDA. He called him a political turncoat hungry for power.