Patna: As many as 21 leaders of different parties, including West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav will participate in the RJD’s August 27 anti-BJP rally here, party sources said today.
RJD president Lalu Prasad has claimed the rally would herald the decline of the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Besides the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Samajwadi Party (SP), leaders of the NCP, CPI, RLD, JMM, JVM, DMK, Kerala Congress, RSP, AIUDF, NC and JD(S) would share dais with Prasad in the anti-BJP rally at Gandhi maidan on Sunday, the state RJD office said.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will not be present, but Ghulam Nabi Azad, C P Joshi and Hanumantha Rao would represent the Congress, sources said.
Katihar MP Tariq Anwar would represent the NCP, while RLD chief Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Singh would represent the party. From CPI, its general secretary Sudhakar Rao and D Raja would be present at the rally, JD(U) sources said.
The DMK would be represented by its MP T K S Elangovan while K Josh Mani would represent Kerala Congress. Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) would participate in the rally while Babulal Marandi would represent the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM).
According to the list of participants released by the state RJD office, Badruddin Ajmal of Assam-based AIUDF would be present at the rally and Ali Mohammad Sagar would represent the National Conference (NC). Danish Ali would represent the JD(S) in the rally, RJD sources said.