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Bihar Assembly elections | Onions thrown at Nitish Kumar during poll rally

This is not the first instance when the State’s CM has had to face hostile crowds at his rallies.

November 03, 2020 08:12 pm | Updated 08:30 pm IST - Madhubani

Representational Image | Nitish Kumar was talking about the employment issue when onions came flying at him during the rally organised in support of his party nominee Sudhanshu Shekhar at Gangaur village.

Representational Image | Nitish Kumar was talking about the employment issue when onions came flying at him during the rally organised in support of his party nominee Sudhanshu Shekhar at Gangaur village.

Onions were flung towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by some protestors while he was addressing a public meeting in Madhubani for the third phase of the Assembly elections .

Mr. Kumar was talking about the employment issue when onions came flying at him during the rally organised in support of his party nominee Sudhanshu Shekhar at Gangaur village ground in Harlakhi Assembly constituency. The onions, however, missed the target.

The onions thrown from a distance fell short of the stage. The security personnel flung into action and covered the CM, who continued with his speech.

“Khub feko, khub feko, khube feko (keep throwing),” Mr. Kumar told the protestors and urged the security men not to pay attention to them.

When the crowd caught the onion throwers, he appealed to the people to “let them go“.

Resuming his speech, Mr. Kumar assured the people that no one will have to go outside Bihar “under compulsion” to look for jobs if he returns to power as his future government will create more employment opportunities in the State itself.

Lakhs of migrant workers have returend to their home during Covid-19 pandemic. Many of them haven’t returned to their previous job places.

Training his guns at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav who promised to provide 10 lakh government jobs, Mr. Kumar asked: “When they got the opportunity to serve the State for 15 years, they could provide just 95,000 jobs even when Jharkhand was also part of the State for 10 years (till 2000) while have given six lakh jobs to the people during our time.”

This is not the first instance when Mr. Kumar has had to face a hostile crowd at his rallies during the course of the campaigning.

At many places, sections of the crowd have disrupted his speeches, on which Mr, Kumar has lost his cool and chided them for “acting on behalf of his political rivals” and telling them that nobody is bothered even if they don’t vote for him.

A slipper was thrown at Mr. Kumar by protestors while he was going towards his helicopter after completing a speech at an election meeting at Sakra in Muzaffarpur district on October 26, but it missed the target.

Police had taken four persons into custody on the charge of creating disturbances at the Chief Minister’s rally.

Similarly, Mr. Kumar lost his cool at an election rally at Parsa in Saran district on October 21 where he had gone to campaign for his party candidate Chandrika Roy, father of Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav’s estranged wife Aishwarya Rai.

Mr. Kumar lost temper when a section of the crowd chanted “Lalu Zindabad” in that rally and asked the protestors to stop it or leave the venue.

“Do not make such noise here. If you do not want to vote for us, dont do it,” Mr. Kumar had told the slogan shouters.

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