Sonia Gandhi to attend ‘Swabhiman’ rally in Patna

Patna: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will attend the August 30 ‘Swabhiman’ rally of the grand alliance of the RJD, JD-U, Congress and Samajwadi Party here, a senior party leader said on Saturday.

“Sonia Gandhi is coming here on Sunday to attend the rally,” Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary said at a press conference here.

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Sonia Gandhi would share the dais with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad at the rally, Choudhary said.

A leader of the alliance said that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav might skip the rally.

According to Janata Dal-United leaders, after Nitish Kumar spoke to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders, Sonia Gandhi agreed to attend the rally.

Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad were actively mobilising supporters to make the rally a success.

The event would be their first big show of unity a year after the two leaders joined hands in a bid to defeat the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the state.

Lalu Prasad said the Swabhiman rally would be an answer to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “arrogance and repeated insult to Bihar”.

Modi has addressed ‘Parivartan’ rallies in Muzaffarpur, Gaya and Saharsa ahead of the assembly polls. He is slated to speak at another rally in Bhagalpur on September 1.