Bihar: Minorities, Muslims Snub Janata Dal (United)’s 600 Kg Mutton Biryani Outreach
At the district-level meeting held in Patna, only 500 people turned up as the JD (U) tried to re-garner the support for its minorities’ voter base.
With only around 500 people turning up for the Janata Dal (United)’s [JD (U)] district-level meeting despite the lure of 600 kg of mutton biryani, the JD(U) looks to be failing in its attempt to regain the support of Muslim and other minorities in Bihar.
The Indian Express reported on Saturday, November 24 that the meeting, held at the Shri Krishna Memorial (SKM) hall in Patna, was expected to attract a good crowd. However, given the low turnout, the party workers were forced to distribute the biryani to workers and others, who were not invited for the meeting.
Reportedly, RCP Singh, JD (U)’s organisational general secretary was also forced to cut short his speech partway when someone in the assembled crowd shouted at him, “End your speech now.” This meeting was a part of the 30 other meetings held by the JD (U) in order to bolster its voters’ base since it rejoined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2017 and formed the government in the state in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) again. Reportedly, none of these functions have been able to garner over 1,500 people.
Neeraj Kumar, the JD (U) spokesman told IE, “We have introduced a host of education and welfare schemes for Muslims. There are people who are interested in making malls but we are the ones who fenced cemeteries.” He cited logistical constraints and organisational flaws for the low turnout and refused to accept that minorities are upset with his party.