Patna: Pappu Yadav, MP from Madhepura, known for his frequent disruptive moves to make a political point, on Sunday, ordered his supporters to block railway tracks across the state in a sign of protest against the Center's reluctance to grant special economic status to Bihar causing much inconvenience to passengers in various trains.
The Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader who has, with some degree of success, rebranded himself from a criminal-turned-politician to a politician concerned with the issues related to Bihar's youths, surrounded by his followers blocked trains at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna to press for his demand for special status for Bihar along with a high-level CBI probe into various scams related to the education department.
Yadav's supporters blocked railway tracks in other parts of the state as well including in Khagaria, Hajipur, Gaya, Ara, Begusarai and Barh where they sat on the tracks to disrupt railway traffic in a sign of protest.
Ignoring allegations of causing inconvenience to thousands of passengers, Yadav said that he was single-handedly playing the role of the opposition since other parties were not concerned with the state welfare.
"Bihar was divided 18 years ago and yet the Center has not accorded special economic status to it. Not only that, the Prime Minister also failed to provide special package to the state that he had promised during last election cycle. As a result, over 11 crore people of Bihar were paying heavy price for it," the JAP leader said.
As it has happened more than a dozen time in the past, Yadav was arrested by the railway police only to be released an hour later.
Among the trains delayed by the MP's action included Rajdhani Express, Ajmer-Sealdah Express, Howrah-Mumbai Mail, Howrah-Jodhpur Express and a number of passenger and MEMU trains.