They included Bharatiya Janata Party national vice president C.P. Thakur, former minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey, Giriraj Singh and MP Kirti Azad.
Thakur and Giriraj Singh belong to the Bhumihar community and are otherwise vocal supporters of Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Both are reportedly upset after the BJP joined hands with the LJP and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of Upendra Kushwaha in Bihar. Paswan is the most prominent Dalit leader in Bihar.
BJP leaders cited personal reasons for their absence at the rally
Choubey, a legislator from Bhagalpur, and Azad, elected from Darbhanga, are Brahmins. They too are opposed to the alliance with the Lok Janshakti Party. Choubey has publicly declared that the alliance would prove suicidal for the BJP. Choubey is also a known supporter of Modi.
Giriraj Singh and Choubey, however, claimed they did not attend the rally due to personal reasons.
"My brother met with an accident. So I postponed my visit to Muzaffarpur," Giriraj Singh told IANS. Choubey said he skipped the rally due to health reasons.