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Oppn parties stage protest against Bihar CM's 'derogatory' remark

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Opposition parties in on Thursday marched to to register protest with against an alleged derogatory remark of Minister Kumar.

The activists, carrying flags of the RJD, the Samajwadi Party, the Congress, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, the HAM and other outfits, which constitute the "Mahagathbandhan", were, however, stopped by police at the Income-Tax crossing here, about a couple of kilometers ahead of the Governor's House, resulting in congestion on the busy Bailey Road.

The protesters had skirmishes with security personnel, who faced a tough time in controlling them from crossing the barricades. They were dispersed after nearly an hour.

On Monday, while replying to queries about Grand Alliance, which he had walked out of in 2017 to return to the NDA, Kumar told reporters that he saw no hope for the loosely-knit coalition which was "picking up people from the road" (sadak par se logon ko utha kar shamil kar rahe hain).

Talking to reporters, RJD MLA Shakti Singh Yadav, who led the procession, reiterated that the minister had used the adjective "sadak chap" for Mukesh Sahni, a former Bollywood who floated his political outfit a couple of months ago and joined the last month.

Yadav also alleged that "the minister is on an abusing spree".

"He (Nitish) first abused RLSP chief by calling him neech (lowly) and now he has berated Mukesh Sahni. Kushwaha and Sahni represent Koeri and Nishad communities respectively, both of which are extremely backward classes," he said

The disdain with which Kumar has treated the two leaders displays his arrogance, the said.

At a channel event a few months ago, Kumar had declined to comment on difficulties faced in finalising seat-sharing arrangements in the NDA in on account of problems with Kushwaha, who was then a part of the BJP-led coalition and a

"Bahas ka star itna neeche mat giraiye" (do not lower the level of discourse so much), Kumar - who also heads the JD(U) - had remarked, following which Kushwaha alleged that he was called "neech" by the chief minister.

Later, parties like the Congress, the RJD and the HAM joined him in levelling the allegation in a bid to woo him into the fold.

The RJD MLA also sought to downplay the absence of senior leaders like Kushwaha, Tejashwi Yadav, state Madan Mohan Jha, and HAM founder Jitan Ram Manjhi, who had earlier in the week hinted that they would be taking part in the march.

"What they meant to say is that their respective parties would be taking part. You can see for yourself, all constituents are together," he told reporters.

Incidentally, an hour before the Grand Alliance march reached the Income-Tax crossing, the area witnessed another demonstration by activists, who expressed their anguish over the RJD's opposition to the 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections of general category.

Parliament Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education.

Carrying posters of senior RJD leaders, which were smeared with black ink, the protesters raised slogans against the party which has been calling the move to extend quotas to the poor from upper castes and minorities as a "gimmick".

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:30 IST