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#BharatBandh: How BJP’s bid to play up baby death highlights saffron panic

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PATNA: Who was responsible for the death of a two-year-old baby girl during the nation-wide strike in Bihar over rising fuel prices—the diarrhea she was suffering from, her lax parents or the traffic chaos during bandh?

Whatever may be the ultimate reason but the death came in handy for the ruling NDA and the pro-BJP media to show the bandh over issue of common men in poor light.

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The NDA wasted no time in blaming it on the Congress, asking will the Congress take the responsibility for the baby’s death.

Very soon, the “death” made headlines in the national media, almost eclipsing the real issue of bandh although the fact appeared entirely different.

Experts say the BJP’s bid to play up the baby death amply explains the panic gripping the saffron camp over the issue of soaring fuel prices. Even the NDA allies have openly criticised the centre for failing to check their price with barely few months left for the next general elections.

Not only the victim family but even the top district officials denied the baby died due to bandh yet there were few takers for the “real story”.

Do-char paikhana ho gaya tha (she was suffering from diarrhea but by the time I reached the hospital she had died),” victim’s father Pramod Manjhi told the media on Monday.

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He denied the bandh supporters stopped the vehicle carrying the patient. “Koi nahi roka (none stopped me),” he asserted despite being repeatedly asked by the journalist.

The local officials too said similar things. “There may have been some delay in getting the auto in the village but protesters were not stopping any ambulance on the way to the hospital,” the Jehanabad DM Alok Ranjan Ghosh told the NDTV on Monday.

Despite all that, the “real” story remained missing from the media.

This apparently compelled Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav to take to twitter to “expose” all that and vent his ire over what was going on in the media.

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