Patna: Ruling JD(U) Parliamentarians, ministers and legislators are working overtime to mobilise a large number of people for the November 4 "Adhikar rally" to put pressure on the Centre to provide special status to Bihar for the speedy economic development of the state. (Agencies)
To make the occasion, mother of all rallies in the state, JD(U) leaders have reserved four trains so far to carry people from the nook and corner of the state to historic Gandhi maidan in Patna in which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will make a clarion call to the Centre to accord special status to Bihar.
Capital Patna is painted green with hordings and bill boards occupying almost all the open space on the main roads appealing people to participate in the rally in large number.
Though JD(U) and BJP are jointly ruling in Bihar, the mega rally will be a solo function of the Nitish party. The rally is also seen as an attempt to showcase huge popularity of Kumar before 2014 general elections.
"Parliamentarians and MLAs are making elaborate arrangements to bring people to Patna for the rally. So far four trains have been reserved for the purpose," Bihar JD(U) President Vashist Narayan Singh told reporters.
State Food and Civil Supplies minister Shyam Rajak said about 15,000 buses had been reserved so far to facilitate peoples movement to the capital.
Big tents could be seen coming up in the bungalows of ministers for stay of rallyists. They are also making elaborate arrangements for providing food to them.
The chief minister himself has criss-crossed the state as part of his 'Adhikar Yatra' to mobilise support for unprecedented gathering of people in the rally.
Senior JD (U) leader Sanjay Jha said the state had seen lathi rally, raila under RJD and other parties but the November 4 'Adhikar rally" is different as it would be for the first time that a rally is organised on the development plank.
Sources in the JD(U) said that the CM had given strict instructions against organising song, dance and nautanki in the name of rally.
As part of mass mobilisation programme, JD(U) Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh held a meeting of party's Intellectual cell in Patna on Sunday.
Patna: Ruling JD(U) Parliamentarians, ministers and legislators are working overtime to mobilise a large number of people for the November 4 "Adhikar rally" to put pressure on the Centre to provide special status to Bihar for the speedy economic development of the state.