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Protests in every district, says Tejashwi

Patna: Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Friday taunted chief minister Nitish Kumar after his cavalcade was pelted with stones while he was on his way to Buxar as part of his ongoing Vikas Samiksha Yatra (development review tour).

"Ever since the Samiksha Yatra has commenced, there are protests against Nitish in every district," Tejashwi said. "People are raising slogans against the chief minister. It is very sad incident."

It is not the first time Nitish is facing protests during his development review tour.

Last month while Nitish was on his way to Parshurampur village in East Champaran, protesting women had held up placards objecting to discrimination in government schemes under the seven resolves.

But it is probably the first time that Nitish's cavalcade was pelted with stones. "In the beginning only I had said that Nitish should first do a review of his own personality and political character," Tejashwi said. "The chief minister must introspect why protests are taking place everywhere. He should say why he is ignoring real issues like education, health, development, employment and focusing on non-issues."

The former deputy chief minister accused the administration of downplaying the protests and not letting those be highlighted. "Slippers are being hurled at the chief minister," Tejashwi said. "The police are beating up the public and firing in the air to disperse crowds after which a few police personnel were suspended. Even women are being beaten up and the chief minister does not meet Dalit people during his yatra."

Tejashwi also took on senior BJP leader and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi over the issue of stone pelting.

"In Bihar, the chief minister is being attacked openly but nobody is talking about jungle raj (lawlessness) because the person who used to continuously talk on the issue, Sushil Kumar Modi, is deputy chief minister now," Tejashwi said. "I think the attack is taking place because the chief minister is not taking Sushil along in his yatra."

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