Sharad Yadav vows to build national level Grand Alliance
Asserting that the mandate in Bihar was against the BJP and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, estranged BJP leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday said he was deeply hurt by the fall of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.
At the "Desh Bachao, BJP Bhagao" rally in Patna's Gandhi Maidan, Sharad said, " I promise to build another one (Mahagathbandhan) at the national level."
"Mahagathbandhan was given a five-year mandate by the people of Bihar based on its policies, principles and the cumulative leadership that we presented," he added.
Former Bihar chief minister and Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav spewed venom at Nitish Kumar, who severed ties with the Grand Alliance and joined NDA, and called him a 'turncoat'.
"Nitish Kumar was like an uncle and will always be, but he has insulted the mandate given by the people of Bihar. He is a political turncoat and is hungry for power," he said at the rally.
Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav criticised the BJP-led government over the GST and demonetisation initiatives and sought answer from them on rising unemployment.
Rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav shared a stage for the first time with Lalu Yadav at the anti-BJP rally, ignoring the JD-U's warning not to attend it.
Sharad Yadav was warmly welcomed by Lalu when he reached the stage. A smiling Lalu Prasad shook hands with him and hugged Sharad Yadav before the huge gathering.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also attended the rally.
Leaders of as many as 21 political parties are participating in the anti-BJP rally.