PATNA: More than 20 million people came out on the streets joining hands together to form world’s longest human chain against alcoholism in Bihar today.
The participants included schoolchildren, college students, teachers, leaders, officials and common men.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar led the landmark event at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. He was joined by RJD chief Lalu Prasad, son Tejashwi Yadav, education minister Ashok Chaudhary and scores of officials and others.
“I thank the masses for the massive support to this campaign against alcoholism. The support has laid the foundation of a great social change,” the chief minister said in his message. He hoped Bihar would display similar unity in future as well.
The event spread across 11,292 km was filmed by ISRO satellites, trainer aircrafts, choppers and drone cameras.
Till now, the world record for the longest human chain involving five million people was held by Bangladesh. It was formed on 11 December, 2004 along 1050-km (652.4 miles) route from Teknaf to Tentulia.
Almost all parties except for Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha and Pappu Yadav’s jan Adhukar Party (JAP) lent their support to the human chain programme of the Bihar state government.