New Delhi: After reports of violence outside BJP office in Patna during ‘Vishwasghat Diwas’ on Tuesday morning, top party leaders courted arrest while protesting against ruling JD-U.

Senior BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain, were detained in the state capital after the workers of the two parties turned violent against each other during the ‘Vishwasghat Diwas’ (Betrayal Day) protest called by the saffron party against its former ally.

Bihar unit of the BJP on Sunday has announced to observe a day long bandh in the state observing ‘Vishwashghat Diwas’ when JD-U leadership had announced snapping ties with BJP.

Nearly half a dozen workers of BJP and JD-U workers were injured after they clashed and attacked each other with bamboo sticks and iron rods in Patna during the shutdown.

According to police officials here, JD-U spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan and three other party leaders were injured when BJP workers attacked them following the clash.

The clashes took place after the BJP workers raised slogan against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and JD-U workers countered them by raising slogan against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a police official said.

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Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ravi Shankar Prasad also came out in the streets and joined party workers in Patna to protest against the ruling JD-U.

Taking a dig at the JD-U for its reservations over Narendra Modi, Ravishakar Prasad said, “ The JD-U is playing a vote bank politics by raising such baseless issues. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s praiseworthy comments on Modi in 2003 clearly indicate that his party is playing the politics.”

The saffron party has alleged that the JD-U has betrayed the people of Bihar as they had voted the NDA to power and breaking the alliance in the mid-way is nothing but cheating on their sentiments.

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“JD-U has betrayed the people of Bihar as they had voted for an NDA government in the state,” Former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had said on Monday.

The BJP further said that the former ally had walked out of NDA despite repeated assurances that it would be consulted whenever a decision over Prime Ministerial candidate will be taken.

"When Nitish Kumar met BJP president Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, he was assured that whenever a decision on the Prime Ministerial candidate will be taken, he will be consulted. Even when Narendra Modi was anointed as Election Campaign Committee head, JD-U said it is an internal matter of the BJP. What happened in the last four days?" questioned Sushil Modi.

Mixed response to BJP-led bandh in Bihar

The BJP workers stopped half a dozen trains, including long route trains, at different railway stations across the state.

"Several trains were halted...," a police officer said.

Roads, including the national highway, were blocked at various places across the state. "The strike supporters, mostly BJP workers, blocked important roads including the national highway and state highway at various place," said a police official.

Authorities have "made elaborate security arrangements in view of the shutdown", assured a senior government official.

In Patna, shutdown evoked mixed response with busy roads like Ashok Rajpath, Bailey Road, Patna-Danapur Road and Fraser Road being blocked. Shops and markets were also closed in some areas.


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