People Give Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Purnia Rally a Miss
Some of the people who did turn up, lined up to submit a complaint about corruption in the state.
Instead of the expected crowd of lakhs of supporters at BJP ally and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s rally in Purnia, the Janata Dal (United) party chief was reportedly left disappointed by the calm scenes and the few people who turned up.
ETV Bharat reported that Nitish Kumar went to rally for his party nominee Santosh Kumar at GMM grounds at Banmankhi, Purnia district. Neither did the expected number of people turn up nor were the people present in the best of spirits.
The report added that Bihar culture, sports and youth affairs minister Krishna Kumar Rishi tried to bring more people into the event, but his attempts failed.
It is being said that people decided to stay away from the rally as two-time Purnia ex-MP Uday Singh, alias Pappu Singh, resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined Congress earlier in March.
At the rally, people reportedly expressed resentment against the police saying the latter were busy with the politicians, instead of looking after the public’s security.
A 70-year-old man at the rally reportedly expressed his helplessness saying the officials had asked him for Rs. 30,000 as bribe (shagun) to help build his house.
Locals at the rally had lined up to submit a letter of grievance against the corruption in the political system. However, when CM Kumar noticed the long line he immediately asked his security to fetch the letter.