Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that it was the media that started the scuffle first and that his security guards only retaliated. In a Facebook post, the RJD leader said that the information about the attack on media persons was misleading.

“I patiently waited about 5-7 minutes so that they would stop meddling with each other out of competition, however that was in vein. I totally know how difficult their job is, specially the cameramen. They were falling & competing with each other. Couple of media person were putting mike behind me & brushed my ears & head also. There were moments when around ten mikes were about to hit my nose, I saved myself & duty personals were protecting it while being on duty,” Tejashwi Yadav said in his post. (sic)

The incident happened at the Bihar Secretariat in Patna when Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi Yadav were coming out of a cabinet meeting and media was trying to get a reaction from the cabinet ministers.

The video that went viral shows security guards pushing the media away and physically assaulting them.

When contacted, the RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha in his party’s defence said, “I understand there is pressure on media to produce news 24*7 but you can’t make news even when there is no news.”

He even tried to shush the reporters and said that this was a conspiracy by the BJP government to break the alliance between the RJD and Janata Dal United (JDU).

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