Patna, Jul 28 (UNI) Senior BJP leader and in-charge of the political affairs of Sikkim and Assam Harendra Pratap today began his 48 hours hunger strike against the on-going month-long indefinite strike in the universities of Bihar and the negligent attitude of the government towards it.
Mr Pratap, who began his hunger strike in front of Patna High court, was however detained after a few minutes and the police took him to the Kotwali police station. Mr Pratap continued his strike even at the police station.
Mr Pratap was joined by several other leaders of the party, including former minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MLAs Anil Singh, Rajkishore Kesri, Arun Sinha, Nitin Navin, Prem Ranjan Patel, Sanjay Sarawagi, Pramod Kumar, Sanjiv Kumar Jha, MLCs Virkeshwar Prasad Singh, Narendra Singh and Ramkishore Singh.
In a pamphlet distributed among the people at the dharna, Mr Pratap said teaching came to a grinding halt due to the strike in the universities. New sessions should have been initiated by July whereas the admissions had not started yet due to the strike, he added.
Mr Pratap alleged that those sitting in the corridors of power were apathetic towards the strike as their wards were not studying here.
The BJP leader demanded resignation from the public representatives enjoying the power whose wards were studying outside the state.
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