Patna, March 16: Discipline is not a word used normally for supporters of political rallies. But the JD(U)’s Adhikar Rally is different.
Tomorrow, Delhi is expected to see what the state capital witnessed in November last year, and also last evening.
Raju Kumar, the station master of Patna Junction, from where hundreds of JD(U) members boarded trains to Delhi, said: “Only those having reserved tickets are getting on to the trains. We have got specific instruction from the chief minister not to allow anyone hop on to reserved coaches with a general ticket. We have records that several people, including MPs, MLAs and their supporters, have booked their tickets three months in advance because right now there is no seat available for Delhi.”
Damodar Singh, the MLA from Maharajganj, took the Rajdhani Express yesterday with his 20 supporters — all having reserved tickets. Vishambhar Singh, one of his supporters, said: “Around 1,000 people more will start from Vaishali on Saturday and reach Delhi on the rally day.”
Kavita Singh, the first-time MLA from Doranda in Siwan district, was accompanied by her husband Ajay Singh and one-year-old daughter Katyani. “ Our supporters are also on their way from Siwan,” said Kavita when the Rajdhani was about to leave yesterday.
Even those could not get a berth in the Delhi-bound trains were not seen making a hullabaloo over the matter, as leaders arranged for SUVs and buses to Delhi also. “I have arranged some 10 SUVs and a bus to take supporters from my constituency to Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, around 1,000km from our native place,” Rajeswar Raj, the MLA from Karakat in Rohtas, told The Telegraph over phone from Delhi today.
According to party sources, 80 and odd SUVs and 20 buses have already reached Delhi today.
Another MLA, Jai Kumar Singh, also did not want to compromise with the state’s “adhikar”.
“Many people could not book tickets on time. To their relief, we have flagged off around 15 SUVs and one bus from our local party office to join the rally in Delhi,” the MLA from Dinara said.