Bihar state unit BJP finds itself in a tight spot today, a day after a speeding car, believed to be of a BJP MLA, crushed nine children to death in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district.
The speeding Bolero, reportedly being driven by MLA Manoj Baitha, rammed a school building around noon on Saturday and mowed down nine students and injured 24 on the Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi highway.
The BJP however, has not only distanced itself from the accident but also from the prime accused. The state BJP unit feigned knowledge of any such leader or a worker by the same name in the party.
Earlier Bihar BJP vice-president Devesh Kumar said, "What is being said about the Bolero vehicle, which apparently crushed nine children belonged to a BJP leader is absolutely wrong. In BJP, there is no leader or worker with the name of Manoj Baitha. There is no office bearer with the name of Manoj Baitha in the organisation. The police is investigating the entire matter and the chief minister has also ordered an inquiry and soon we will come to know who is the owner of this vehicle."
In addition, several eye-witnesses claim to have seen Baitha driving the vehicle and then fleeing from the spot after the crash.
Earlier today, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav too alleged that the vehicle that ran over the children belonged to a BJP leader.
After visiting the kin of children injured in the accident, Yadav also questioned if the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol.
"How was the driver of the Bolero drunk? From where did he get alcohol when it is prohibited in Bihar", questioned Yadav.