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On Camera, Slipper Thrown At RJD's Tejashwi Yadav At Bihar Poll Rally

On Camera, Slipper Thrown At RJD's Tejashwi Yadav At Bihar Poll Rally

Tejashwi Yadav was in the Kutumba assembly segment to address a public rally

Patna:

Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in Bihar, was on Tuesday attacked with a slipper while campaigning for his party RJD's candidate in Aurangabad district, around 125 km from state capital Patna. One slipper misses him completely, the other lands in his lap, a video clip of the incident shows.

Mr Yadav was in the Kutumba assembly segment to address a public rally. The incident took place as soon as he took his place on the stage amid slogans in his support by party workers.

It is not clear who threw the footwear at Mr Yadav and why.

Mr Yadav, however, was seemingly unfazed with the incident as he didn't even mention it in his speech.

Tejashwi Yadav, a minister in the previous RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal)-JDU government, is spearheading his party's campaign for the Bihar Assembly Election in the absence of his father, Lalu Yadav, who has been in jail since 2017 after being convicted in corruption cases.

Mr Yadav, 30, is taking on four-time Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with attacks over his inability to get special status to Bihar despite ally BJP in power at the Centre.

"People are very angry. It has been 15 years yet Bihar has not got special status. They have not been able to remove poverty, unemployment. People are extremely upset with this double engine government," he told earlier this week.

Mr Yadav's party is contesting the Bihar Assembly polls in alliance with the Congress and the Left parties. The RJD will field its candidates in 144 of Bihar's 243 seats.

His rival, Mr Kumar, is the chief ministerial face of the National Democratic Alliance, which is headed by the BJP nationally.

Chirag Paswan, the Lok Janshakti Party chief, has broken away from the alliance and has fielded candidates against Mr Kumar's JDU in several constituencies, forcing a triangular contest.

Bihar votes for a new assembly on October 28, November 3 and 7. The results will be declared on November 10.