Patna : A JD(U) MLA on Tuesday lodged an FIR demanding the arrest of Haryana BJP leader O.P. Dhankar for his controversial ‘Bihari bride for Haryana boys’ remark, PTI reports.

Manjit Kumar Singh, legislator from Baikunthpur in Gopalganj district, lodged the FIR against Dhankar under various sections of the IPC with the Sachivalay police station.

Singh registered the FIR under sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), and 294 (obscene acts and songs).

Dhankhar, who is BJP’s Kisan Morcha (farmers’ cell) president,  had reportedly made a controversial remark while addressing a meeting of party workers in Haryana that if his party was voted to power in state polls, it would get girls from Bihar to ensure men in Haryana are married.

Singh lodged the FIR immediately after the assembly was adjourned till 2 pm due to ruckus created by JD(U), RJD, and Congress on this issue and by BJP which is demanding a CBI inquiry into purchase of alleged spurious medicines for hospitals which resulted in the death of a person in Bhagalpur recently.

The FIR, a copy of which was provided to mediapersons, bears signature of a large number of JD(U) MLAs including Izhar Ahmad, Poonam Yadav, Arun Manjhi, Dawood Ali, and Jyoti Devi.

Dhankar’s remarks have elicited sharp protests.

Bihar State Women Commission (SWC) took suo moto cognisance of reports published in newspapers about the remark and slapped a notice on him on Monday asking him to appear before it in person by August 13.

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