Normal life in Bihar was brought to a halt on Monday due to the state wide bandh called by the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Shops, educational institutions, including some trains were forced to stop functioning as lathi-wielding mobs took to the streets during the day-long bandh in the state.
Mobs of RJD workers and supporters were spotted carrying sticks and canes, burning tyres and bamboos at busy junctures in the state capital, Patna. As per officials, shops remained closed, colleges and other educational institutions were also forcibly closed by the supporters of RJD.
Roads, including national highways were blocked and vehicles attacked during the bandh. The railway services also suffered considerable disruption. East Central Railway (ECR) CPRO Arvind Kumar Rajak said, “Reports are coming about disturbance in rail services by bandh supporters at many places in the state”.
Earlier reports: Demanding the release of facts and figures of the caste census by the NDA government, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav has called for Bihar bandh today. The call for a statewide bandh in Bihar comes after a day-long fast by Lalu Yadav yesterday, to protest against the non-disclosure of the caste census report .
The former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, also retaliated to Prime Minister Modi’s DNA remark aimed at Nitish Kumar, by saying that the PM had insulted the “blood of Bihar” through his offensive remarks on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The Prime Minister, while addressing a pre-poll campaign rally in Bihar, had said that there was something wrong with Nitish Kumar’s DNA, because of which he was susceptible to ditch friends he once worked with.
Both the RJD and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) have come out strongly against the remark, calling it an insult to the people of Bihar.
After parting ways long back, the RJD chief Lalu and JD(U) chief Nitish have once again joined hands, in the wake of what they perceive as the growing strength of the Hindu right wing in Bihar, and the urgent need to check the same. As part of the Janata Parivar formed after the BJP’s historic win at the Centre and a commendable performance in Bihar in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the foes-turned-friends will together contest the upcoming State Assembly elections in the state.