| Protesters wave black flags during Shatrughan Sinha’s nomination on Friday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Supporters of the BJP candidate from Patna Sahib, S hatrughan Sinha, on Friday thrashed a group of youths for waving black flags at the actor-politician.
A few youths, claiming to be members of Lokhit Vikas Manch, an NGO, waved black flags at Shatrughan at Kargil Chowk as he was going to file his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections. The standing MP of the constituency did not comment on the incident, which occurred for the second consecutive day, but BJP MLAs Nitin Navin and Prem Ranjan Patel, who accompanied him, described it as the ”handiwork” of political rivals.
All was well till Shatrughan reached Kargil Chowk, around 250m from Patna collectorate, where he had to file his nomination papers. As soon as he reached there with wife Poonam Sinha and son Luv Sinha, as many as 20 youths started waving black clothes at him. They also shouted slogans like “Shathrughan Sinha murdabaad, Shatrughan Sinha waapas jao (Go back Shatrughan Sinha)”.
Peeved at the behaviour of the youths, Shatrughan’s supporters lost their cool and started beating them one by one. For around 15 minutes, the Kargil Chowk turned into a virtual battlefield, triggering traffic chaos. City superintendent of police Jayant Kant told PTI that it was “a skirmish”.
The protesters alleged that Shatrughan, the sitting Patna Sahib MP, rarely visited his constituency and met people to know their problems. Aman Jha, who was leading the protest, said: “Shatrughan Sinha is not a fit candidate for the Patna Sahib seat, he hardly visits the constituency. Most of the time he is either in Mumbai or in New Delhi. He is no more a people’s representative. Whenever the opportunity comes to speak about Patna Sahib, he just speaks about her daughter and her upcoming films.”
The BJP’s youth wing vice-president, Saket Singh, who was present on the spot, said: We do not have any problem if they protest peacefully. But if they will show black flags to our leader, it is an insult to him and our workers. Our supporters will not tolerate this.”