The anti-BJP alliance in Bihar remains an unhappy collaboration, with Lalu Yadav making it clear that he will not attend partner Rahul Gandhi’s rally on Saturday.
Lalu had earlier skipped an iftaar dinner in Delhi hosted by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. At the time, he was allegedly upset about the prominence bestowed upon Nitish Kumar, the presumptive Chief Minister of the Janata Parivaar constructed to prevent the BJP from winning the state in next month’s election.
“Lalu (Prasad) has said no to Congress vice president Rahul’s rally, citing busy schedule,” said a senior leader from his party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). However, Lalu’s younger son, Tejaswi Yadav, will represent him.
The Janta Parivaar saw the merger of Lalu’s RJD, the Congress, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, and the Janata Dal (United) headed by Nitish Kunar, who is running for a third term as Chief Minister.
Recently, Mulayam Singh pulled his party from the arrangement, claiming that it was not being offered enough seats for the election. Yesterday, the BJP and its partners announced they had finalised how they are dividing up the 243 seats of Bihar. The PM is leading the alliance’s campaign in Bihar, and has been drawing large audiences.