Clearly aware of the importance of the rally, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will share the dais with chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
The land acquisition bill would have brought jobs to unemployed due to rapid industrialisation, Paswan said. Whenever they get opportunity they comment about its DNA and culture.
As caste remains an integral part of electoral politics and political calculations in the state, all the three leaders again attempted to influence the electoral choices of people and reinforce the Mandal bloc under one umbrella. Who am I? I am one of you. “Madam Soniaji has rightly pointed out that the 1/4th tenure of the BJP-led NDA government expired, but Modi failed to fulfill any of his promises”, Nitish said praising the Congress chief.
Targeting Modi for his DNA remarks, Gandhi said the Prime Minister has demeaned Bihar and shown its people in a bad light.
The JD(U) has set up 80 counters around Gandhi Maidan for collection of DNA samples of people coming to rally of secular alliance here today as part of its “Sabdhwapsi” (take back word) campaign. They want to grab their land and distribute it among their rich friends.
The Bihar battle is turning out to be a battle of wits between the Prime Minister and Mr Kumar. “As RJD has joined hands with JD(U), Nitish is no longer “kamjor” (feeble)”, Lalu said. “If she does not attend the rally, it would send a wrong message and weaken the morale of the Congress, in alliance with the JDU and RJD”, a senior leader close to Sonia reportedly said.
Nitish Kumar played the self-respect card as he mentioned Modi’s DNA barb over a dozen time during his 45-minute speech.
Prasad while defending his party wrote: “During his visit to Pakistan border, Rahul Gandhi instead of criticizing Pakistan for cease fire violation was questioning the Indian govt”.
She said unlike communal forces, the bonding of secular alliance parties in Bihar based on “common social thinking” was solid and firm.
After a talk between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal? chief Lalu Prasad yesterday, it was decided that Samajwadi Party would attend the rally.