Patna: In an apparent bid to hold sway over Mahadalits in Bihar, Nitish Kumar government has made it mandatory for all MLAs and MLCs to attend Independence Day functions this year in one of the mahadalit tolas of their choice in their respective constituencies and home districts.

The government, in a letter addressed to all legislators, urged them to choose any Mahadalit tola or village in their respective area for the purpose, official sources said on Thursday.

Last year, the state government had decided to organize Independence Day functions in all such `tolas' where an elederly operson among them would unfurl the national flag.

The district mahistrates have also been directed to coordinate with the legislators about their choice of Mahadalit tola and make necessary arrangements for success of such functions, sources said.


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