Bihar Bandh today LIVE: Opposition parties protest across Bihar against Nitish Kumar government

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Updated:Feb 04, 2019 12:41:24 pm

Bihar Bandh 2019 Live Updates: Opposition parties are protesting across Bihar against the Nitish Kumar-led government. Opposition have alleged that Saturday's lathi-charge on RLSP workers was carried out at Nitish's behest.

Bihar Bandh LIVE UpdatesBihar Bandh LIVE Updates: Grand Alliance calls for shutdown over police action against Upendra Kushwaha, security beefed up across state

Bihar Bandh 2019 Live Updates: The opposition parties have called for Bihar bandh on Monday to protest last week’s police action against Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha. The strike is likely to affect normal life in the state.

The state administration has made elaborate arrangements in view of the bandh. Security has been beefed up across the state in order to maintain law and order situation during the bandh.

The strike has been called in view of the police lathi charge on RLSP workers near Dak Bunglow Chauraha in Patna on Saturday. They were participating in a protest called by Kushwaha against deterioration in educational standards under Nitish’s regime. Kushwaha was also present with the crowd when police carried out a baton charge. The former Union minister, who suffered injuries in the incident, accused Nitish Kumar of trying to silence his critics.

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Bihar bandh today: Grand alliance calls for bandh

12:41 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: CPI(M) supports Kushwaha

The CPI(M) has extended support to the bandh call given by grand alliance. The CPI(M) is also a part of the grand alliance in Bihar. The opposition parties are observing bandh in Bihar to protest police action against RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha.

12:00 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Normal life hit Gaya

Normal life was affected in Gaya badly due to protests by RLSP and opposition workers. Several markets were shut and public transport remained off the roads due to the shutdown.

11:01 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar Bandh in 2019: Security officials deployed across Patna

Security officials have been deployed in Patna to maintain law and order sitution. Also, officials have been sttioned at crucial locations including Dak Bungalow Chowk, roundabout, Hartali Mor, Raj Bhavan, Patna Junctionin the capital. Although officers and other institutions are functioning today, normal life has been partially hit in Patna.

10:26 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar Bandh in 2019: Hooliganism not allowed during shutdown

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said that all officials including SPs have been asked to ensure that hooliganism is not allowed at any cost by the opposition during the bandh.

10:20 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today LIVE: Tight security across state

Security has been beefed up across Bihar with elaborate arrangements made by the state government to maintain law and order situation during the bandh.

09:57 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh: Rahul is fit to be PM, says Kushwaha

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) Upendra Kushwaha had last week declared that his party will support Congress president Rahul Gandhi for Prime Minister's job. "Our party is supporting Rahul Gandhi for Prime Minister. This is not the decision of the Grand Alliance but our party wants him to be the Prime Ministerial candidate. Rahul is fit to be Prime Minister. In recent times he has matured. He has an understanding of the country," he said.

09:54 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Who is Upendra Kushwaha?

Upendra Kushwaha is the chief od Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP). He was MoS for HRD in Modi government but quit late last year. He is a Lok Sabha MP from Karakat constituency (Rohtas district). He is a Koeri by caste that has dominance in the district. He had floated RLSP just ahead of the previous Lok Sabha polls owing to differences with Nitish Kumar.

09:42 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Why RLSP protesting?

The RLSP was protesting in Patna on Saturday against poor state of schools in the state. RLSP leaders said that the aim was to highlight the collapse of school and higher education system in the state.

09:38 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Kushwaha slams Nitish Kumar for police action

Upendra Kushwaha lashed out at Nitish Kumar for police action against his people on Saturday. In his remark, Kushwaha said that police first used water cannon to disperse the protesting RLSP leaders and workers followed by a lathicharge. He said that police attacked him at the behest of Kumar.

09:36 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Sharad Yadav to merge LJD with RLSP?

Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav has extended support to the Bihar bandh called by grand alliance partners. According to reports, Sharad Yadav who heads Loktantarik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav was considering merging his party with RLSP but Yadav has refuted reports of his party's merger with former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party.

09:33 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh: Upendra Kushwaha injured in police action

Former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha and half-a-dozen RLSP activists were injured in a police lathicharge on Saturday during a protest in Patna. After Kushwaha sustained injuries in his head, leg and and hand, he was admitted to a local private hospital and discharged after initial treatment.

08:55 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Bihar bandh today: Grand Alliance calls for strike

The Mahagathbandh has called for Bihar bandh on Monday to protest police action against RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha. The Grand Alliance in Bihar comprises of RLSP, Congress, RJD, HAM, NCP and Left. All the parties have come in support of Kushwaha.

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha had walked out of the BJP-led NDA last year and joined the ranks with grand alliance of RJD, Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha led by former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi. Kushwaha was once Nitish's close aide but he parted his ways ahead of the previous Lok Sabha polls and launched his own political party. He had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in an alliance with BJP. Kushwaha has been attacking the BJP and JD(U) ever since he quit the NDA. He alleged that the Modi government and Nitish government have failed to deliver what they had promised.
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