New Delhi/Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday kicked off Parivartan Rally from Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

RJD hires 13 trains for Patna rally

Ignoring the scorching mid-May heat, hundreds of thousands of people arrived in the state capital to participate in the rally- the second after he was ousted from power in 2005. Green, the RJD's official colour, appeared to be the colour of the day. RJD workers, sporting green caps and holding green flags and banners, put up hundreds of welcome arches and hoardings in Patna.

"Lalu's party workers and supporters have literally painted Patna green with green flags, green caps and green banners," a district police official said.

"RJD's green billboards and graffiti are visible everywhere in Patna," said Shakti Rai, a daily wage labourer who arrived here early on Wednesday from Siwan district to attend the rally. "Lalu is still a force. No one can write him off. He will bounce back in the next polls," Ali said.

"Please, come with sattu, litti-chokha, chura and gur, (all edible stuffs famous in Bihar) to join the Parivartan (change) Rally in Patna. We will arrange free drinking water for all of you," Lalu Prasad had appealed.

Over the past week, Lalu and top RJD leaders remained busy in mobilizing supporters to reach Patna for the rally by the special trains hired by the party. The party has booked 13 special trains to ferry people to Patna from various parts of the state. Eight special trains were booked in the East Central Railway and five in Eastern Railway.

When Lalu was Railway Minister in 2007, the RJD had booked 35 trains for his Chetawani Rally in Patna.

Janata Dal-United, which is heading a coalition government in Bihar, had hired half a dozen special trains for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Adhikar Rally in Patna.


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