New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was on Saturday heckled by a group of youths at the inauguration of the Delhi chapter of Bihar Foundation here but the JD-U leader remained unfazed and dismissed it as a publicity stunt.
As soon as he rose to speak, over a dozen youths began to shout slogans protesting against the alleged poor law and order in Bihar and waved placards prompting Kumar to comment that they had come under a pre-plan and question whether this was the right occasion for them to do "politics".
The incident happened at Shri Ram Centre Auditorium here, where the Delhi Chapter of Bihar Foundation was organising 'Pravasi Bihari Samman Puraskar 2014 to honour people of Bihar living in Delhi and NCR, who made outstanding contributions.
The youths shouted slogans against Kumar and waved "Nitish Go Back" placards. Some of them raised slogans against the alleged physical torture and rape of women at Parbatta in Khagaria district recently.
However, the organisers of the event immediately pushed the youths away after a minor a scuffle. Later the police came and took them away.
Suggesting a political motive behind the ruckus, Kumar said the protesting youths had come in pre-planned way to interrupt the event in order to garner publicity.
He ruled out any "political" motive behind the event of the Foundation saying it aims at connecting with the migrant population of the state living across the country and taking them to their roots.
"There is some disease, which does not go away. This will take time to go. Is this the occasion to do politics? Time for politics has come in Bihar. We will fight it out there. Whoever comes in the government, will he not honour people of Bihari diaspora, who are doing good work?
"At least the occasion should be chosen with proper thought. It's like protesting in one's house when there is an occasion for some social function. This means that those protesting have no attachment with this entire event and do not share the sentiments (of Biharis)," Kumar said.
Taking potshots at the protestors, he said, "Media is also present here. What better chance could be there to get publicity. Whichever ideologies they belong to but doing this in an event, which aims at connecting people of Bihar is unfortunate."
"I thank all those too, whose sole purpose behind coming here was to create a ruckus. The news of Bihar Foundation otherwise would not have been published so much but now it will be carried out due to the ruckus created by them."