Janata Dal (United) of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was criticized by the opposition on Friday after a party lawmaker was filmed crossing his coach on a train bound for New Delhi in under- clothes, the photo of which was widely distributed on social networks. .
Lawmaker Gopal Mandal, an MP for Gopalpur in Bhagalpur district, then defended himself, saying he had “an upset stomach” shortly after boarding the Tejas Rajdhani Express in Patna on Thursday evening and he was rushing to the washroom when some passengers caused a ruckus.
According to the ANI news agency, Mandal filed a complaint on Friday with the government railway police (GRP) at New Delhi station, accusing a certain Prahlad Paswan of mistreating him, of having himself badly. led and ripped off his chain and gold rings. The case is now being transferred to Buxar (where the incident took place) for further action, GRP officials said.
âThe case was settled as the melee led to the appeal of the RPF (Railway Police Force). They recorded my statement and that of the hostile co-passenger, âMandal told reporters in New Delhi.
He insisted, however, that the co-passenger had “overreacted”. âI was suffering from dysentery. No sooner did the train stop than I felt the need for emergency relief and ran to the toilet, âhe said.
âOn the way, I was accosted by this man. I pushed him away and after relieving myself I confronted him. I berated him saying he should have looked at my age. I am 60 years old. He spoke of female passengers feeling uncomfortable when no woman or girl was inside the compartment, âsaid the MP.
The lawmaker also claimed he suspected the co-passenger of being “drunk,” which has not been confirmed by train and police sources here.
The sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Bihar.
Munder Shah, a resident of Patna, who was traveling with his mother in the same coach, said the MP had an argument with his fellow travelers and some of them pulled the alarm chain while others recorded his misconduct.
Rajesh Kumar, public relations manager for East Central Railway, said the case was settled when the train escort and ticket examiners appeased the passengers. “The MLA was then transferred to another coach even as the train was briefly stopped in Dildarnagar due to the heckling,” an official said.
The RPF inspector in Dildarnagar, Sanjiv Kumar, said no action was taken because no one had filed a complaint.
Back home, rivals JD (U) said the incident had “a bad reputation in Bihar”. âI am not aware of the full episode. But I have to say that it is incidents like these that are responsible for Bihar’s bad reputation. I hope that the Chief Minister, who has only a handful of MPs left, can spend time teaching public officials about public conduct, âsaid LJP MP Chirag Paswan.
RJD MP and chief spokesperson Bhai Virendra agreed with this opinion. âThe so-called sushasan babu (referring to CM Nitish Kumar) should take note of such reprehensible behavior. The state continues to have a bad reputation for such reasons â.
Last month, JD (U) asked Mandal to explain his comments against Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad, whom he accused of frequenting Bhagalpur to extort money from traders.
With contributions from the agency