RJD chief Lalu Prasad faces political isolation
New Delhi: Chief Janata Dal of Rashtriya (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, looks like political isolation as key leaders and opposition leaders, including Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left Front, it is unlikely that To attend its meeting in Patna which will take place on 27 August.
The demonstration called “BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao” was seen as an attempt by opposition parties to strengthen its unity before the next general election in 2019 and was in the making for more than a month.
In the meantime, however, the country has seen a policy change with Minister Jan Kata, leader of Bihar Janata Dal (States) or JD (T) attacked with Prasad joining the National Democratic Alliance (ADN).
According to Prasad, West Bengal’s main leader and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, Congressional leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and C. P. Joshi, and rebel leader JD (T) Sharad Yadav will attend the demonstration.
However, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who are unlikely to attend the rally could be notable for their absence. Congress was in alliance with the RJD in Bihar before Kumar joins the NDA.
“It is unlikely that the two top leaders of our party will attend the demonstration. It should also be borne in mind that the main leaders of other opposition parties attend or not. Facing one of the worst floods in recent times, Lalu Prasad must postpone the meeting, “said a high-level congress, which asked for anonymity.
Even the leader of the BSP, Mayawati, is not participating in the rally. “I had a meeting with Mayawati. She said Satish Mishra, BSP director, would come to the rally,” Prasad told reporters in Patna.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, which is the majority of the Left Front, decided not to attend the demonstration. “At a time throughout the state of Bihar is under water due to flooding, it is not appropriate to politicize a problem.” There was no agenda was discussed during the meeting. The CPM is not likely to attend the meeting “Said a CPM leader, on condition of anonymity.
Analysts said corruption charges against Prasad lead to this isolation.
“Little by little and little by little, the support base of the opposition has changed. Nobody wants to be aligned with a corrupt party. Corruption has begun to erode the support of Lalu Prasad.
Things are not going to be very happy for him next time. There are also accusations against their children, “said Vijay Kumar, a political analyst based in Bihar and professor of political science at the University tilka manjhi Bhagalpur, Bihar.
In recent months, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the income tax department have intensified their investigations into Prasad and his immediate family on various counts of corruption.
So far, the leader of the Samajwadi Party and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, confirmed his presence. “Party chairman Akhilesh Yadav will visit Patna August 27 and will participate in the rally organized by Lalu Prasad,” SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said on Monday.