Tejashwi Yadav requests people to light lamps, lanterns at 9 pm against unemployment in Bihar

RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav asked people to light candles and lanterns on terraces, at balconies or outside their houses for nine minutes at 9 pm on Wednesday to mark their protest against privatisation of state-run institutions and Bihar government’s “failure” to provide jobs to youths.

The RJD’s beneficiary has urged party leaders and workers to extend support to the initiative of the self-help groups and unemployed youths.

The party has been concentrating on youths ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Yadav had launched ‘www.berozgarihatao.co.in’ portal and a toll-free number on September 5. This has been done with a veiw to prepare a database of unemployed youths, whom he promised jobs if his party comes to power in the state.

The ruling JD(U), on the other hand, has questioned the significance of lantern (RJD’s election symbol) at a time when “every household in Bihar is connected with power supply”.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while addressing a gathering through his party’s new digital platform ‘jdulive.com’ on September 7, had said his government has already given electricity connection to every house in the state. Kumar, in a row at the RJD, said people are getting electricity supply for over 22 hours every day, thus marking the end of the “lantern age”.