Seat pact with BJP fi­nalised, says Ni­tish

De­nied booze, govt doc­tors run riot in UP pub, 25 held ‘Re­spectable Agree­ment Reached’

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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

K M Sharma

Bi­har CM and JD(U) pres­i­dent Ni­tish Ku­mar pre­sent­ing the party’s membership re­ceipt to Prashant Kishor in Patna on Sun­day

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