Press Conference by Mahagathbandhan, right on the voting day. Why?

The first phase of voting in the Bihar assembly elections is going on. Voters are rushing to the election booth to exercise their franchise. Meanwhile, the leaders of the grand alliance held an important press conference on Wednesday morning, which fiercely targeted the Nitish Kumar government over the Munger incident. An 18-year-old man was shot dead and some people were injured in firing after clashes during the immersion of Goddess Durga on Monday in the district. A video showing a police lathi-charge on a group carrying a Durga idol, widely circulated online, and sparked anger just a day before voting was to being in the state for a new government.

“During Durga puja immersion, some anti-social elements resorted to stone-pelting which left 20 policemen injured. After this someone from the crowd fired, leading to one death. The situation is under control,” said Lipi Singh, Superintendent of Police, Munger.

Some officials claimed policemen were also fired upon. “Rumours were spread and attempts were made to vitiate the atmosphere after the incident,” said an official, adding that three pistols, bullets, and cartridges were found.

On the firing in Munger, Tejashwi Yadav raised the question and asked who gave the right to become General Dyer. The Munger incident is not trivial. The matter should be strictly investigated under the supervision of the High Court and action should be taken against the culprits, he added.
In the Mahagathbandhan press conference, Tejashwi Yadav demanded the dismissal of the Bihar government. Earlier, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala made a tweet on Wednesday morning in which he said that the important press conference of the grand alliance is going to be held in Patna at 8.30 am. After this, leaders of Congress, RJD and Left parties involved in the grand alliance reached for the scheduled conference on urgent notice. They targeted CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Modi for the Munger firing.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.