Patna, May 15: Thousands of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters gathered at the Gandhi Maidan here on Wednesday in response to party supremo Lalu Prasad's call for a grand 'parivartan' (change) rally. The former chief minister of Bihar arrived at the venue amid a strong welcome and he was accompanied by his wife Rabri Devi, another former CM, and two sons Tejpratap and Tejasvi.
While sources in the party said that the rally was organised to show its strength and aimed at bringing a change in Bihar, Prasad's rivals said it was an occasion to project his two sons to prominence in the RJD.
According to NDTV, the two sons said that the younger generation of Bihar sought Prasad to be the next CM, adding that they will help his father to bring the much-sought parivartan in the state.
Prasad's elder son Tejpratap runs an automobile business in Aurangabad while Tejasvi is a former cricketer who was once part of the Delhi Daredevils IPL team. Both actively participated in organising the rally.
The RJD leadership had booked 13 special trains to bring in supporters from various parts of the state as well as neighbouring Jharkhand. All trains were packed to capacity when they reached Patna. The party reportedly paid Rs 1.11 crore to the railways.
An elated Prasad said after the rally that the massive rally proved that the days of trhgec urrent chief Minister Nitish Kumar are numbered and that he "will soon be history".
When asked whether he was projecting his two sons, the leader, who is known for his humour, said one should not expect his children to hold a lotus (the BJP's symbol) or arrow (the symbol of Nitish Kumar's JD-U) but the lantern (the RJD's symbol).
Misa Bharti, the eldest of Prasad's seven daughters, told reporters at Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday that she too wanted to join politics. To this, Prasad said that both his daughters and sons had a right to join politics.