BJP president Amit Shah and Bihar BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav got stuck in the state guest house lift here for about 35 minutes late on Thursday, after it stopped six inches short of the first-floor alignment level.
While the state BJP called it “negligence” on the part of the state government, the Bihar cabinet secretary said the lift stopped because the weight limit of 340 kg had been exceeded. There were four people in the lift.
Shah did not react to the episode and flew to New Delhi on Friday morning, but BJP state president Mangal Pandey alleged that not a single staff member from the state guest house came to help. He said some CRPF personnel in Shah’s security forced open the lift eventually.
The incident took place around 11.05 pm when Amit Shah, Bhupendra Yadav, another senior BJP leader Saudan Singh and RSS leader Nagendraji stepped into the lift on the ground floor of the state guest house for the first floor accommodation of the BJP national president. The lift stopped six inches below the first-floor alignment level.
Pandey said, “Amit Shah and others were stuck for 35-40 minutes. There was no help in sight. It is sheer negligence on the part of the state government, which cannot take care of an important guest like Shah. There was no emergency plan in place.”
Senior BJP leader and former Union minister C P Thakur called it a “conspiracy”. “The kind of politics we see in Bihar, we cannot rule out conspiracy,” said Thakur.
Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad took jibes at “overweight” Amit Shah and said, “Bihar lifts are too small for Shah, who is overweight. The BJP has been making too much noise about it. Badka bhari Amit Shah.”
Bihar cabinet secretary Shishir Sinha, however, said: “The lift is brand new. It stopped because the weight limit of 340 kg was exceeded.
There was no technical or maintenance problem.” Water Resources Minister and Nitish Kumar confidant Vijay Kumar Choudhary said the BJP was creating “unnecessary hue and cry about the incident”.