Nitish Kumar instructed JD(U) workers to attack BJP workers, alleges Mangal Pandey
Meanwhile, BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushil Modi and Shahnawaz Hussain have been detained.
Patna: 4:27 pm: "JD(U) workers even attacked BJP women protestors. JD(U) leaders identified women BJP workers and attacked them. All this was done under instructions of Nitish Kumar and senior JD(U) leaders," alleges Mangal Pandey.
4:20 pm: "BJP will launch a statewide protest against Nitish Kumar government, says Mangal Pandey.
2:30 pm: After Rudy, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushil Modi and Shahnawaz Hussain have also been detained.
2:15 pm: Traffic on the national highway has been disrupted. Shops and business establishments are shut.
1:20 pm: Rudy along with several other protesting BJP workers was detained in Patna.
12:50 am: Police seize one rifle from a car parked outside the office of JD(U) in Patna.
11:49 am: Rudy also claimed that the bandh called by the BJP has been successful. He said it was the "beginning of an end of Nitish era".
11:35 am: The BJP blames the JD(U) for the violence in Patna. "Nitish Kumar claimed he would do all he can to stop this bandh. Now you can see that men and women of the BJP are being attacked. JD(U) is responsible for this violence," said BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
11:29 am: BJP workers block NH-30 blocked near Katihar.
10:59 am: "JD(U) workers attacked our workers with sticks but police did not taken any action," says BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.
10:47 am: Many injured as BJP-JD(U) workers clash in Patna. About 11 people, who were reported to have been injured in the incident, have been taken to a nearby hospital.
10:38 am: JD(U) was voted to power in Bihar because of strong efforts by BJP workers, says BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.
10:17 am: Protesting BJP workers stop Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail in Bhagalpur.
9:56 am: Security tightened across Patna to face any untoward incident.
9:38 am: BJP workers appeal the people of Bihar to join their protest against the 'betrayal' by the JD(U).
9:36 am: Darbhanga BJP workers stop Bihar Sampark Kranti Express.
9:12 am: BJP leaders take to the streets as a part of 'Bihar Bandh', observing the day as 'Vishwasghat Diwas' (Betrayal Day).
The Bihar Bandh called by the Bharatiya Janata Party two days after the Janata Dal United walked out of the National Democratic Alliance has been partially successful in some parts of Patna.
The JD(U), however, is unmoved by the BJP's bandh call and is calling it "cheap politics". "This bandh is an eyewash. BJP has come down to this level of cheap politics," said JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Monday said that the party consider coming back to the alliance if veteran BJP leader LK Advani returns at the helm of the party.
"We will consider rejoining NDA if Advani returns to helm. We had fought 2009 elections projecting Advani as our PM candidate. Advani has now been sidelined within the party," he said.