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Family in House, legislator protests
- Jagdishpur MLA shows kids art of agitation

The man usually brings in liquor bottles and bags of fertilisers to protest in the Assembly. On Friday, he brought his family.

Jagdishpur’s RJD MLA Dinesh Kumar Singh took his wife Anita Devi and three daughters — they had to miss a day of school — to the House. He wanted his daughters, Goldi Kumari (11), Beauty Kumari (9) and Soni Kumari (6), to learn the art of politics and also show them how differently he puts his demand in the House.

His style is truly different. He is famous for creating chaos on the Assembly premises, bringing liquor bottles, raunchy Holi CDs, fertiliser bags and many more.

On Friday — last day of the Assembly’s budget session — he did not let the opportunity pass him by.

The first oppurtunity came around 8.50am when chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was walking up the stairs to enter the Assembly building. Dinesh was waiting for him and waved banners at him, demanding the government declare drought in Bihar.

He said: “Sir, you must declare drought in the state. A week back you promised me that you would soon take a decision on this important issue. But so far, you have not done anything.”

Manjhi looked at him, gave him a smile and went in.

If one thought that would halt Dinesh in his tracks, it did not. At 11am during the short-notice questions, Dinesh started shouting in the Assembly. By then, his family was in attendance. They sat in the visitor’s gallery above.

Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary asked him to sit down, but Dinesh entered the Well of the House. He sat down with a banner in hand, protesting against the administration’s delay in declaring Bihar drought-hit.

Anita looked impressed. She told her three girls: “Look, your father is in the Well. See how he protests in the House.”

The girls have two more siblings — the couple’s eldest daughter Lovely Kumari (14) and son Lucky Kumar (6) — who did not come. All four daughters study in Patna’s BD Public School. Lucky studies in Patna’s Boon Public School.

When The Telegraph later asked Anita about her husband’s unique style of protest in the Assembly, she said: “That is his style of putting his demands before the House and the Speaker. He always raises genuine issues that connect with the people. I am proud to be his wife and the children are proud to have a father like him.”

Most legislators don’t choose to bring their wards to the House, given that the proceedings often turn chaotic. But Dinesh is not like most legislators.

Not only did he bring three of his daughters to the Assembly, he did so on a school day. The kids did not have to sit through the entire proceedings though, as their father sent them home with their mother around 2pm.

That did not mean an end to his protest — he continued to sit in the Well till 4.30pm.

Asked about the reason of bringing his family to the Assembly, Dinesh later said: “It was the budget session’s last day and I wanted my children to watch the proceedings. The session might have come to an end, but not my protest. I will continue to protest. After a week, I will sit on a dharna outside 1 Aney Marg if the chief minister does not declare Bihar drought-hit by then.”

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