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Protests rock Bihar as Nitish Kumar sworn in as Chief Minister with BJP support

Thursday July 27, 2017 11:53 PM, & Agencies

Bihar Protest

Violent protests rocked different parts of Bihar on Thursday after Nitish Kumar, the JD (U) leader who contested and won the state elections against the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), struck a deal with the latter and sworn in as Chief Minister a day after resigning from the same post.

According to the local media reports, RJD supporters who were angry over Nitish Kumar after he ditched Lalu Prasad Yadav attacked the official vehicle of Saran District Magistrate Harihar Prasad and Superintendent of Police (SP) Anusuya Sahu.

The protesters blocked the newly inaugurated Jay Prakash Narayan Bridge in Sonpur which resulted into several kilometers long traffic jam.

The protestors threw stones at the district magistrate Harihar Prasad and police superintendent Aunsuiya Sahu when they came to remove protestors shouting slogans in favour of RJD on Jay Prakash Narayan overbridge in the district.

There are also reports of violent protests taking place at Lalu Prasad Yadav’s native village Phulwaria in Gopalganj district.

Reports of road blockade and protest march by RJD supporters also poured in from Hajipur and Begusarai among others during the day.

RJD leader and former deputy CM of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, told reporters that all those who opposed the BJP and Nitish will hold dharnas and burn effigies across the state on Thursday.

Meanwhile, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav is also reportedly unhappy over Nitish's decision to break alliance with the RJD and Congress, and join hands with the BJP.

Expressing the anger raging within the JD (U), party MP Ali Anwar said that his conscience did not allow him to go with the BJP. He added that he can't support Nitish's decision.

"I will voice my opinion in the party if I get an opportunity," Ali said.

On the other hand, Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose RJD is the single largest party in the state assembly, has said the party will take the matter into court.

"Governor's decision to invite Nitish Kumar to form the government is against the law. We will challenge it in the court. If needed, will even go to the Supreme Court", he said.


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