Congress washes hands of violence

Bihar Congress president in-charge Kaukab Quadri said Monday's bandh was "total and successful" and hoped that it would serve as a wake-up call for the BJP-led government at the Centre and result in reduction in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 11.09.18
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Patna: Bihar Congress president in-charge Kaukab Quadri said Monday's bandh was "total and successful" and hoped that it would serve as a wake-up call for the BJP-led government at the Centre and result in reduction in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices.

Congress leaders assembled near Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Gandhi Maidan where they were joined by Jitan Ram Manjhi, SP state chief Devendra Prasad Yadav and CPI state secretary Satyanarayan Singh. The leaders, their supporters and party workers marched till Dak Bungalow square.

Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, however, charted his own course to the Dak Bungalow square.

"He (Tejashwi) might be trying to project himself as the tallest leader in the Grand Alliance in Bihar, but he should not forget that we are the largest Opposition party in the country," a Congress leader said. "I hope he realises his strengths and weaknesses and participates whole-heartedly in future programmes."

Later, talking to reporters at Sadaquat Ashram, Quadri claimed the bandh was spontaneous with people keeping off the roads and businessmen shutting their establishments. "Congress is a party, which unlike the BJP, is always bothered about the common people and agitates for them," he said.

Asked about the rampant violence, several Congress claimed it was engineered by "anti-social elements" posing as bandh supporters.