Largest Human Chain Ever Formed in India; Declares Nitish Kumar

Students forming human chain in Patna on Sunday to promote awareness about the ills of dowry and child marriage.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday declared today's human chain in Bihar to spread awareness about the evils of child marriage and dowry system the most successful and the largest human chain ever – surpassing even the last record of people participation from 2 crore to today's estimated 4 crore – in the history of Bihar and the entire nation.

Also, according to a senior government official, today's chain was nearly 2000 kilometers longer than the last chain that was organized last year in support of prohibition in Bihar.

Kumar led the human chain at the Gandhi Maidan in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, other NDA leaders, and thousands of supporters of the cause.

The event kicked off around noon with the release of colorful balloons just as last year. The only difference was last year the Chief Minister was surrounded by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, his family members and Congress leaders who were only too happy to be there as part of the Mahagathbandhan government in the state.

Despite a concerted effort by the administration and preparation for months for today's event not to mention crores of rupees spent on organizing the human chain, Kumar said that today's human chain was a 'spontaneous' effort by all those who favored him in his drive against child marriage and dowry system.

Denying there was any intimidation by the state government to force people to take part in today's event despite sporadic report of coercion in some schools in rural areas, the Chief Minister called it a 'huge success that would go long way in spreading awareness about the evils of dowry and child marriage in Bihar with its impact spreading in other parts of the country as well.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who was not a participant in the last year's prohibition human chain, appreciated the government's effort to free Bihar from dowry and child marriage.

Patna'ites were seen holding hands and carrying anti-dowry and anti-child marriage placards throughout the state capital. People from all ages and nearly all schools, both public and private, took part in today's event.

Today's human chain, meanwhile, was criticized by both RJD and Congress who accused Kumar of grandstanding in an effort to conceal his failure on health, education, crime, and other social issues in Bihar.

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