Patna: Upendra Kushwaha, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief who was recently at the receiving end of a lathi charge, a near daily occurrence in Patna, failed to muster enough support for his Bihar bandh call as not a single store, shop, or office downed its shutter despite his supporters taking out a protest rally and blocking busy intersections in the state capital on Monday.
Kushwaha, who had claimed that he had also received a few blows from police batons last Saturday when his followers were trying to march towards the Governor’s mansion to protest against poor education in Bihar, had called for state-wide bandh on Monday to protest against police high-handedness under Nitish regime.
However, despite attempt to disrupt normal life by blocking roads and squatting on railway tracks, the event passed without anyone even knowing about it. Those sitting on railway lines did manage to stop Rajdhani Express at Ara station for a few minutes but were forced to make a hasty retreat as railway security officials chased them with batons and guns ending the protest in a matter of minutes.
Kushwaha’s supporters also briefly blocked roads near Raja Bazaar and Jagdeo Path but were chased away by police without any resistance.
Today’s bandh had the support of a number of Grand Alliance allies including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Congress, and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).