The deceased, Vishnu Kumar, was a student of Jehanabad’s Swami Sahjanand College, relatives said, adding that he was standing in the backyard of his home, watching people moving around when unidentified men, their faces muffled, came and shot him in the abdomen.
With Nitish government under fire, the motors at Saidpur sump house, hoping to clear Patna’s waterlogged localities, haven’t stopped running since Oct 1— amidst inspections by senior officials and the occasional blown fuse.
The annual Ravan Dahan function was regularly attended by Nitish and Sushil Kumar Modi in the past. This time, neither the Deputy CM, who was invited for the function, nor any of the four BJP MLAs from Patna attended the function.
The Deputy CM was among an estimated 62,000 people rescued from Rajendra Nagar and the other most-affected colony, Kankerbagh. They included patients who were evacuated after water entered several hospitals.
The FIR, which names Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Ramachandra Guha, Mani Ratnam, Shubha Mudgal, Aparna Sen, Konkana Sen and Anurag Kashyap among the 49, was filed on orders from a Muzaffarpur court in response to a complaint.
He said the time will soon come for him to quit politics as his dream of “one nation, one flag” was realised with the government’s decision on Article 370 and other expectations would also be fulfilled in the remaining years of PM Modi’s tenure.
This is the first time that Nitish has reacted to a challenge to his leadership for the 2020 polls, posed by senior BJP leaders C P Thakur, Sanjay Paswan and indirectly by Union minister Giriraj Singh.
BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal on Wednesday said, "There is no confusion at all on the issue of CM candidate. Though many opinions (within the party) are aired, it is finally the BJP central high command and its parliamentary board that takes a call on such matters.