Master composer-singer AR Rahman on Saturday, 21 November night performed on the second day of the three-day bash to celebrate the 76th birthday of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav but RJD chief Lalu Yadav was conspicuous by his absence.
With rumour doing the rounds that Lalu skipped Saturday's programme in the wake of Yadav not attending the swearing-in ceremony of the Nitish Kumar Cabinet, SP leaders including MP and Yadav's daughter-in-law Dimple played down the issue.
Singer Hariharan also joined Rahman later on. Besides Mulayam's family, others who attended the event included Amar Singh.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan had last year organised a two-day celebration in Rampur to mark Mulayam's 75th birthday.
Mulayam had ridden on an imported Victorian-style 'buggy' for the Rampur bash, which had seen around 40 ministers gathering to take part in the costly festivities, fuelling criticism that was met with a caustic barb from Khan that Taliban and Dawood Ibrahim had provided funds for the event.