Seat pact with BJP finalised, says Nitish
Denied booze, govt doctors run riot in UP pub, 25 held ‘Respectable Agreement Reached’
Agra: Twenty-five junior doctors of Agra’s state-run prestigious S N Medical College were arrested for vandalising a local pub, assaulting its staff, beating up policemen and tearing off their uniform when the pub’s staff refused to serve them liquor after closing hours. The incident occurred at the Ashoka pub and restaurant in Agra late on Saturday night.
SSP Amit Pathak said 15 junior doctors were still in jail while 10 others had been granted bail. Forty other unidentified medical staff of the college were also booked for vandalism and other charges.
Following the incident, doctors at the medical college went on a strike brining its emergency ward to a halt on Sunday. Later, senior administrative officers held a meeting with the college principal and other authorities, after which the strike was called off. However, junior doctors did not return to work.
Speaking with TOI, SSP Amit Pathak said, “We met the S N Medical College principal and senior staff members and asked them why no internal action was taken against junior doctors who were booked even on earlier occasions in various assault and vandalism cases. Who is protecting them and ignoring such behaviour .”
According to police, the FIR was lodged based on a written complaint by the pub and restaurant manager, Shivaji Ohja, against the doctors and medical staff, who came to celebrate the birthday of their colleague. In his complaint, the pub owner said, “When our staff informed them about the closing time, the heavily inebriated men called nearly 40 other medical staff , who barged into the pub and vandalised it.” Patna: Putting a lid on speculation over which way JD (U) would go in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday told the party’s state executive members that a “sammanjanak samjhauta” (respectable agreement) has been reached with BJP on seat-sharing for the polls.
“Two rounds of talks (on seat-sharing) with BJP chief Amit Shah have been held. I have finalised seat-sharing with him. I can assure you that we have got a respectable share. However, I cannot reveal the number of seats at this moment because we have resolved to announce the details together. I have not revealed the number of seats even to people around me,” sources quoting the Bihar CM at the JD (U) meet told TOI.
Nitish’s assurance to party workers comes amid apprehension in JD(U) circles that BJP might be averse to leaving many of the seats it won in 2014 when his party finished with just 2 seats. On August 30, BJP had unofficially proposed a ‘2020 formula’ to its NDA allies for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. BJP wanted half of these seats while leaving 12 for JD(U), six for Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and two for Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP. JD(U) had expressed its unhappiness over this division of seats. Poll
While assuring the state executive members on Sunday, Nitish told JD(U) spokespersons present at the meeting “not to speak anything about seat-sharing” in the media, a senior leader told TOI. Nitish said JD(U)’s strength in the Lok Sabha would definitely increase after the 2019 polls.
Nitish also announced at the meeting that he would expand his cabinet after a
Bihar CM and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar presenting the party’s membership receipt to Prashant Kishor in Patna on Sunday