Patna: Led by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav in the absence of his father Lalu Prasad Yadav who had to leave for Ranchi in connection with his role in the fodder scam, party leaders including Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari, and Ram Chandra Purvey took to the streets of Patna on Monday to protest against the Nitish government's sand and gravel policies.
Announcing the planned Bihar Bandh for December 18, the RJD leaders chanted anti-Nitish and anti-NDA slogans and threatened to go 'all the way' to fight for the rights of those who had lost their livelihood due to misplaced mining policies of the state government.
NDA leaders, on the other hand, are accusing Lalu Prasad Yadav and his two sons of spearheading the mining, including sand, mafia in Bihar that, they said, made them rich beyond anyone's wildest imagination.
"The new mining policy in the state has essentially put an end to the flow of illegal money into Lalu's coffer and that is why he, and his family members, have lost their mind. Even senior leaders like Tiwari and Purvey are being used by the RJD chief for his personal financial gain," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.
Talking to reporters, Singh said that due to bad policies of the Nitish administration, hundreds of thousands of workers have become unemployed and the construction sector is struggling for survival. "If the government does not mend its way soon, we will take our battle all the way to Delhi," he said.
Shivanand Tiwari, whose political career was revived by the RJD chief who dragged him out of his self-imposed retirement following the collapse of the Mahagathbandhan government, tried to turn the table on the NDA saying a government that was 'protecting' the Srijan and 'Toilet' scam accused had no moral right to accuse others of running the 'sand mafia'.
Purvey also came out in defense of the sand mining saying the new policies were hurting the workers and workers were leaving the state in hordes to search for employment elsewhere despite Patna High Court order to resume sand mining based on previous policies.
Janata Dal – U spokesperson Ajay Alok mocked the RJD leaders for their demonstration in Patna today saying it was laughable that those who were involved in illegal mining were the ones who were protesting in the state capital on Monday.
"These people are the representatives of the sand mafia and they are the ones who are protesting against tough mining sanctions. They are forgetting that this is not Lalu's Jungle Raj. They can cry or protest all they want, new policies are here to stay," Alok said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS