Leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav (File Photo, Image credit: NDTV.com)

Police stops RJD-led dharna in Gandhi Maidan, seals the venue

Patna Police on Saturday did not allow the Rashtriya Janata Dal to organize a sit-in (dharna) near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Maidan to register protest against the three farm laws enacted by the Narendra Modi government in September last.

The dharna was to be led by leader of opposition in the state Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

The police took the plea of the Patna High Court order issued some years back making Gardanibagh a dharna venue and banning all such protest demonstration in and around Gandhi Maidan due to traffic congestion and other related problems.

 According to the ADM, law and order, the entire area has been sealed as Gandhi Maidan ceased to be the dharna venue.

Some of the RJD workers did try to converge to that point but they were dispersed by the police.

Earlier Tejashwi, while giving the call strongly criticized the Nitish Kumar government for abolishing Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) system in 2006. He also extended support to the farmers’ cause and came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government for hurriedly passing the three farm bills in September when the country was still confronting Corona Virus.

Meanwhile the CPI-ML supporters staged dharna and blocked roads at various points in Ara on the occasion of Chakka Jam on Saturday. The party has extended full support to the cause of farmers and has demanded the scrapping of three farm laws.

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