Un­prece­dented se­cu­rity marks CM’s Kosi ya­tra

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Lalitesh Mishra/Aditya Nath Jha

SU­PAUL/ARARIA: Chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar’s Ad­hikar Ya­tra cav­al­cade en­tered the Kosi re­gion un­hin­dered, thanks to an un­prece­dented ad­min­is­tra­tive bandobast on Satur­day. The en­tire con­stab­u­lary had been called out in a se­ri­ous bid to pre­vent a re­cur­rence of Kha­garia, with an over ea­ger force even clos­ing down shops, de­tain­ing teacher union lead­ers and the civil ad­min­is­tra­tion ask­ing teach­ers to re­port at their re­spec­tive schools on a hol­i­day in both dis­tricts.

Whether at Su­paul or Araria, the back­drop to the bandobast were the re­cent events, that cre­ated a po­lit­i­cal tu­mult, statewide.

The rally at Su­paul and Araria passed off peace­fully, how­ever, un­der such ‘never wit­nessed’. Un­der­taken by the chief min­is­ter, it seeks to to bol­ster sup­port for the Patna rally, which would un­der­write Bi­har’s one and only de­mand: con­fer­ment of spe­cial sta­tus on the state by the Cen­tre, and soon.

Po­lice in­voked sec­tion 107 of the CrPC at ei­ther places to ex­clude any repli­ca­tion of the op­po­si­tion, which threat­ened the ya­tra ear­lier. Teach­ers, who had been at the fore­front of the re­cent spate of in­ci­dents, were bar­racked and kept out.

The en­try to the rally ground at BSS col­lege in Su­paul and Sub­has maidan in Araria, were ef­fi­ciently reg­u­lated for com­mon­ers as well as party ac­tivists, with en­try open to some 25,000 per­sons who were is­sued passes af­ter proper vet­ting.

It was the same at Araria, later in the evening, where a score of CPI-ML work­ers, mak­ing a bee­line to the rally site were taken into pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion even as they planned to protest the Forbesganj fir­ing in­ci­dent. JD-U leader, Taslimud­din, ex­press­ing his op­po­si­tion to the ya­tra kept off the grounds.

Ku­mar, at both meet­ings, deftly skipped any men­tion of Kha­garia, where over 600 peo­ple have been ze­roed in for the vi­o­lence and ar­son anda spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team set up to book them on the ba­sis of pho­to­graphic and video ev­i­dence picked up.

How­ever, he roundly de­nounced the cult of vi­o­lence to ven­ti­late griev­ances in a demo­cratic set up.

“No vi­o­lence can jus­tify the need to protest. Such a strategem can­not help to arrive at so­lu­tions”, the chief min­is­ter told the crowds at both Su­paul and Araria. Ku­mar main­tained, that such at­tempts at vi­o­lence would not de­ter him in any way from tak­ing up the cause for Bi­har’s de­vel­op­ment.

Call­ing upon the peo­ple to come to the Patna rally in large num­bers to nail the Cen­tre, which has demon­strated a bi­ased ap­proach to­wards state needs, Ku­mar said, “No num­ber of de­trac­tors would suc­ceed in de­flect­ing the will of the peo­ple from re­al­is­ing what they want.”

“Bi­har is not will­ing to com­pro­mise again. And, it is ready to take on the Cen­tre and cer­tain groups, who in jeal­ousy were out to jeop­ar­dise the ya­tra”, the chief min­is­ter as­serted.

“Those who op­pose are jeal­ous. They are stum­bling blocks to progress as re­cent his­tory sug­gests. Do not be swayed by them, but act af­fir­ma­tively”, Ku­mar added, say­ing, “Even threat to my life will not stop this ya­tra”.

He said, the is­sue of achiev­ing spe­cial sta­tus for the state was sig­nif­i­cantly linked with the fu­ture of youths who were forced to pocket in­sults out­side Bi­har, while search­ing for em­ploy­ment. “Pos­ter­ity will never for­give us, if we kept quiet and do not raise our voices in uni­sion against dis­crim­i­na­tion”, he said.

“Should we not ask for spe­cial sta­tus, which would guar­an­tee us all round progress and early con­struc­tion of high dam in Barahk­shetra (Nepal), which the Cen­tre has de­layed leav­ing the chil­dren of Kosi to suf­fer the on­slaughts of na­ture, which de­vour them?’, the chief min­is­ter won­dered.

The JD U na­tional pres­i­dent Sharad Ya­dav, en­ergy min­is­ter Bi­jen­dra Prasad Ya­dav, ir­ri­ga­tion min­is­ter Vi­jay Ku­mar Choud­hary and sev­eral MLA’s are ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ku­mar on the trip, which calls halt at Kis­hanganj this evening.

Chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar in Su­paul on Satur­day.

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