Bihar has registered its name in history books by forming the world’s largest human chain to show its support for prohibition of liquor and to spread awareness about de-addiction. An initiative of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the world’s largest human chain witnessed participation from various political leaders from different parties.
Prominent people who were part of the human chain included Lalu Prasad Yadav, state Legislative Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Legislative Council Chairman Awdesh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, state Congress President and Minister Ashok Choudhary, and NCP General Secretary and MP Tariq Anwar. Members of the opposition were also part of the human chain. Top BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, Union minister of state Ramkripal Yadav, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Prem Kumar, party national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain and party MP from Maharajganj Janardan Singh Sigriwal joined hands with citizens in Siwan, as part of the human chain.
A human chain was also formed in the shape of a map of Bihar in Gandhi Maidan. Inside the map, a liquor bottle shape with a cross sign over it was also formed. This was captured by drones, helicopters and even ISRO satellites in space. The importance of communal harmony was also highlighted during the event, as children came dressed in traditional clothes from various religions such as Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christians.
Estimated to cover around 11,292 km, Bihar’s human chain has broken the previous record of 1050 km, which was formed in 2004 in Bangladesh. Around two crore citizens took part in Bihar’s human chain. The state has witnessed immense support for liquor ban, which includes the ban on both local and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).