As the dates for the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly election inch closer, all media and public attention seem to be fixated on the state. As such, a video clip went viral on Monday, which appeared to portray a candidate arriving to file his nomination for the election on a buffalo.
The clip, posted by news agency ANI, carried with it a caption detailing the incident of the candidate's peculiar arrival.
According to the news agency, Nachari Mandal, an independent candidate from Bahadurpur constituency in Darbhanga, arrived on a buffalo to file his nomination ahead of the 2020 Bihar Legislative Assembly polls.
"I come from the poor and weaker section of society. I am a son of a farm labourer and since I don't have a four-wheeler so I decided to come on a buffalo. Buffaloes, cows and oxen are the treasures of a farmer," Mandal said.
He said that if he gets elected, he will work for the benefit of farmers and try to provide government benefits to the weaker sections.
"Due to the lack of development done by previous legislators, there is anger among the public," he said.
Mandal is fighting as an independent candidate and is optimistic about his win.
"I am sure the public will give their blessings to me and I will do my best to live up to the promise and raise the voice of Bahadurpur in the Bihar Assembly" he added.
Other contestants from Bahadurpur constituency are RK Chaudhary from Rashtriya Janata Dal and Madan Sahni from Janata Dal (United).
Twitter users had a customary field day over the occurrence, with Twitterati calling it typical of Bihar and wondering if the crowd which had gathered around the incident was 'paid'.
Earlier, a candidate, Mohammad Parvez Mansoori, who rode a buffalo for the Gaya seat was held by the police for violating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) guidelines. A case was also filed against him under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act.
The 243-member Bihar Assembly will go to the polls in three phases -- on October 28, November 3 and 7 -- and the results will be announced on November 10.
The BJP is contesting on 121 of the total 243 seats in Bihar and ally Janata Dal (United) on 122 seats.
(With inputs from agencies)