Patna: Sharad Yadav, former Janata Dal – U leader and former Nitish ally, searching to find some footing in Bihar politics after leaving the party nearly a year ago, took out a bullock-cart rally in Patna on Monday to protest recent rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.
Yadav, who went on to form a new party called Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) after breaking ties with the NDA, rode on a bullock-cart from Kargil Chowk at the eastern end of the Gandhi Maidan with intent to reach Raj Bhawan, nearly eight kilometers away from its point of origin, but it was stopped by security officials at the western end of the Maidan near the JP Roundabout barely a couple of kilometers from its starting point.
The drama began unfolding around 11:00 am as Yadav, accompanied by former Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary and former MP Arjun Rai began their bullock-cart caravan as dozens of their supporters followed them to the other side of the sprawling maidan only to face dozens of security jawans ready to stop them before they could even get to Frazer Road.
Holding a microphone, the former JD-U president began his tirade against Prime Minister Modi and how he had failed to keep his electoral promises.
About 15 minutes into his speech, Yadav then left the rally while his supporters tried to penetrate the barricade only to be pushed back by cops wielding lathis.
The protestors later claimed that many people, including Arjun Rai, were hurt in the lathi-charge and demanded action against what they termed as police brutality.
Hoping to forge a strong alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Yadav then paid a visit to former Chief Minister Rabri Devi's residence to wish happy birthday to her husband and party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS