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BJP protests against attack on office in Patna, takes matter to Governor

BJP activists burnt the effigies of the top leaders of the ruling grand alliance, before a party delegation met the Governor to complain about the attack on its state office by alleged RJD workers, on Wednesday.

patna Updated: May 18, 2017 17:44 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
BJP leaders,Patna Raj bhawan,Sushil Modi
BJP leaders met the Governor in Patna on Thursday, after an attack on their party’s office on Wednesday. (PTI representative pic)

Senior BJP leaders on Thursday joined their supporters in burning the effigies of chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna and at various other places across the state to protest the attack on the party office on Wednesday.

Later, in the evening, a delegation of senior leaders, including Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Prem Kumar and state president Nityanand Rai, called on Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind to seek his intervention in the face of growing lawlessness in the state.

The BJP leaders also drew the Governor’s attention to the attack on the BJP office and workers, on Wednesday and delay in arrests in the case.

On Wednesday, several persons sustained injuries and vehicles were damaged in an attack on the BJP office on the Beer Chand Patel Marg, which resulted in a violent clash between the RJD and BJP workers. To prevent further escalation, there was additional police deployment, along with anti-riot vehicles, in the area, on Thursday.

In the morning, BJP leaders, including leader of opposition in the state assembly, Prem Kumar and state president Nityanand Rai, led hundreds of party workers to the Dak Bungalow crossing in the heart of the city. There, angry BJP workers shouted slogans against the chief minister and RJD chief.

Modi said the governor was also apprised of the activities of DSS (Dharmnirpeksh Sevak Sangh), headed by Lalu Prasad’s son and health minister Tejpratap Yadav. “Recently, he took out a procession up to the Miller School ground on Beerchand Patel Marg, with tongas and motorcycles, through a prohibited zone in which political parties are not allowed, while the police watched,” he added.

Modi said that the same thing was happening again, as the police were playing a partisan role and equating attack on the BJP office with the resultant retaliation. “Police say they are studying both FIRs. The question is if anyone enters your house, what do you do? You react and retaliate. But the police, which was moving with the RJD procession, are trying to shield the RJD goons,” he added.

Modi’s salvos at Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad also continued through social networking site twitter . “Nitish says raids are not visible anywhere, which is akin to saying why in Delhi, carry out raids in Patna so that the people could see. Laluji says raids are a sham. Then, why did he get BJP office attacked by the RJD goons?” he asked.

First Published: May 18, 2017 17:44 IST