Life was partially hit in Bihar on Tuesday during a bandh called by the BJP to protest against the JD(U) pulling out of NDA in the wake of the appointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s election campaign committee chief. Workers of the two parties clashed in the state capital and train services were disrupted in several places.
While shops and markets remained closed, offices and banks were open, official sources said. Due to summer vacation, educational institutions were closed. Vehicular traffic was thin in the state capital with only a few autorickshaws plying on the main streets.
BJP workers disrupted train traffic in several places. Skirmishes between BJP and JD(U) workers took place in Patna.
A report from Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said that bandh supporters stopped trains at Biharsharif.‘
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said his party had taken to the streets in Bihar as people were feeling “deeply humiliated and cheated” since they had given the mandate to JD(U)-BJP to govern.
“We were governing very well. And suddenly, only because of ego and arrogance, you sought to break this alliance. Therefore, the people are really feeling very deceived. And to articulate that concern, we have hit the streets today,” he told reporters in Patna.
On ‘Brand Modi’ taking BJP through in the Lok Sabha polls, Prasad said, “Modi is a very popular leader because of his governance, because of his integrity, because of his leadership...Whether he will become the Prime Ministerial candidate or not is a question which has to be decided by the party’s Parliamentary Board.”PTI