The RJD leader had gone to support the protesting teachers in Patna when he was told that the protesters had been denied permission for a sit-in at their planned venue.
Though he failed to become a chief minister by a short margin, Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav has his clout intact. This was echoed through his phone call to Patna District Magistrate that is now doing rounds on the internet.
The RJD leader had gone to support the protesting teachers in Patna when he was told that the protesters had been denied permission for a sit-in at their planned venue. The Yadav scion spoke to the Chief Secretary, police chief and the Patna District Magistrate and extracted an assurance that the protest would be allowed.
Tejashwi Yadav, in a video that’s now widely shared by people, is seen speaking to Patna District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh on the spot, surrounded by the protesting teachers. Mr Singh can be heard on the speaker phone.
“These people say they are not being allowed to sit on dharna,” the RJD leader told the DM.
“Will they need to keep asking for permission daily? There has been a lathi charge, their food has been thrown away, they were driven away…Now they are all scattered. Some of them are here at Eco Park with me…”
The RJD leader said the teachers only wanted to practice their democratic right.
“Whatsapp kara dete hai inka application (I will send you their application by WhatsApp. You please allow them,” Mr Yadav is heard telling the official.
The official responded saying he would look into it.
Tejashwi Yadav asked: “Kab tak bataiye (When will you do it?)”
The officer, annoyed by the incessant questioning, said: “Kab tak meaning? You will question me?”
Tejashwi Yadav, unmoved by the tone of the officer, calmly said: “Hum Tejashwi Yadav bol rahein hai, DM sahab (This is Tejashwi Yadav speaking).”
There was silence over the phone call for a while and then an instant change of tone followed.
“Achha sir, sir, sir (Ok, sir),” Mr Singh said, as the protesters burst into laughter.
“I will send you a WhatsApp test. Respond fast or we will have to sit here all night,” Mr Yadav said before hanging up on the DM.
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) January 21, 2021