Samajwadi Party to participate in Patna rally featuring Sonia, Lalu on Sunday without chief Mulayam

Ending the suspense, Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday decided to participate in the rally of grand secular alliance in Patna tomorrow but its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav would not attend it.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2015, 23:33 PM IST
Samajwadi Party to participate in Patna rally featuring Sonia, Lalu on Sunday without chief Mulayam

Patna: Ending the suspense, Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday decided to participate in the rally of grand secular alliance in Patna tomorrow but its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav would not attend it.

After a talk between Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad it was decided that Samajwadi Party would attend the rally.

Mulayam, however, would not attend and instead would send his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav to the rally, which will be attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"We have received communication that Shivpal Singh Yadav and Kironmoy Nanda would represent SP in tomorrow's rally," Bihar SP President Ramchandra Singh Yadav told PTI.

He said the decision was taken after a telephonic conversation between SP chief and his RJD counterpart Lalu Prasad.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad will attend the programme being organised for coordination among workers of partner parties in the crucial Bihar elections.

With the announcement of participation of Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is minister in Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh, and Nanda, party secretary general, the suspense ended over participation of SP in the rally of grand secular alliance at Gandhi maidan here tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, Lalu Prasad had announced that SP would contest five seats in the Bihar polls. "We have decided to give three seats earlier allotted to NCP and two from RJD quota to SP in the Bihar elections."

NCP peeved at the offer of only three seats had shut doors on the grand secular alliance in Bihar poll.

But allotment of five seats did not charm SP either which maintained the suspense over its participation in the rally throughout the day before announcing its decision late evening.

Ramchandra Singh Yadav had led an indefinite dharna after the party was denied any seat in the grand secular alliance on August 12, when it was decided that RJD and JD-U will contest 100 seats each of total 243 Bihar assembly, and Congress 40 seats and three seats were left for NCP.