Bihar: Upendra Kushwaha supporters take out march against Nitish Kumar’s ‘neech’ remark

Patna: Supporters of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha took out an “aakrosh march” in Patna on Saturday to protest a statement by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar which, they claimed, denigrated the RLSP chief. The march started from Gandhi Maidan and was to reach Raj Bhavan, but police stopped it at Dak Bungalow Road crossing, about 2 km from its intended destination, leading to a skirmish in which people from both the sides were stated to have been injured, reports PTI.

The protesters wanted to submit a memorandum to the Bihar governor against the alleged “neech” remark made by Kumar.
The march was organised a day after Kushwaha made it clear that the RLSP had a tie-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party and not the Janata Dal (United), constituents of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar.

The protesters carried posters accusing Kumar of having called the RLSP chief “neech” (lowly) and raising slogans demanding public apology from the chief minister. At a conclave organised by a private news channel last week, Kumar — also the JD(U) president — had refused to join issue with Kushwaha over seat-sharing between NDA partners in Bihar, saying “Itna neeche baat ko nahi le jaiye (do not take the debate to such a low level.”

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