Bihar sets record through human chain

Bihar sets record through human chain

Bihar set a record of sorts when around five crore people joined hands to form a 13,668-km long human chain in here on Sunday.

The human chain, in which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi also participated, was formed to spread awareness about two social evils  - child marriage and dowry.

Apart from ruling party legislators and bureaucrats, lakhs of school and college students, teachers, lawyers  and academicians took to the streets, where they lined up forming a human chain from 12 noon to 12.30 pm.

The entire event was captured by 40 drone cameras.  A documentary film about the human chain will be shown  in  127 cinema  halls  across Bihar.

This human chain has broken the record  set in January 2017, when a human chain of 12,417 km was formed by around four crore people in support of the prohibition implemented by the Nitish regime.

RJD, Cong absent

The only stark difference this year was the absence of RJD and Congress leaders from the event.  Only one leader from the parties  - Congress MLC Ram Chandra Bharti - attended the event, making  Nitish's former partners in the Grand Alliance conspicuous by their absence.

"Nitish is one chief minister who spends crores in image-branding,"  said RJD vice president Shivanand Tiwary.

Congress spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra demanded a white paper on the exorbitant expenses incurred in organising such an event.

This year, the main function was organised at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, where Nitish flagged off the event.

Similar human chains were formed  in the 38 districts  of the state.

Limca record

The Nitish regime invited officials of the Limca Book of World Records to have a first-hand account of the mega event.

The Limca team had recorded last year's human chain.

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