Netaji in underwear, Janata Dal (United) MLA Gopal Mandal was seen roaming in his undergarments while traveling from Patna to New Delhi on a train on Thursday. Mandal defended his actions, saying his stomach was upset.
Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar MLA Gopal Mandal grabbed eyeballs after he was spotted roaming in his undergarments while travelling on a train on Thursday.
Gopal Mandal was travelling from Patna to New Delhi on the Tejas Rajdhani Express when he was seen in bare minimum clothing in a train compartment.
When co-passengers objected to his behaviour, Mandal allegedly created a ruckus, abused them and also threatened to shoot them.
One of the co-passengers, Prahad Paswan said he complained about Gopal Mandal when he saw him roaming on the train in his undergarments. Paswan said he didn’t know that the man was an MLA in Bihar.
He further alleged that Gopal Mandal abused other passengers who objected to his behaviour and even tried to beat them up.
Prasad Paswan said Gopal Mandal threatened to shoot the passengers, following which Paswan raised a complaint with the RPF officials.
Gopal Mandal was then shifted to another coach of the train, Paswan said.
In his defence, Gopal Mandal said, “I was only wearing the undergarments as my stomach was upset during the journey.”
#WATCH I was only wearing the undergarments as my stomach was upset during the journey: Gopal Mandal, JDU MLA, who was seen in undergarments while travelling from Patna to New Delhi on Tejas Rajdhani Express train yesterday pic.twitter.com/VBOKMtkNTq
Meanwhile, Gopal Mandal’s friend Kunal Singh said Mandal is a diabetes patient and was travelling to Delhi for some “urgent business”.
Kunal Singh said because of his weight, Gopal Mandal can’t go to the washroom in his clothes and therefore, use to wear lungi and gamchha (loincloth and cotton towel) when wanted to use the washroom.
“After boarding the train, he [Gopal Mandal] wanted to go to the washroom. He was in a hurry, so he went in his underwear. At this point of time, one passenger spoke with Mandal with impudence. The MLA didn’t say anything at that time but spoke with the passenger after returning from the washroom,” Kunal Singh said.
Kunal Singh also denied all the allegations levelled by Prasad Paswan and said, “Nothing as such happened.”
Meanwhile, CPRO East Central Railway said RPF and TTE persuaded both parties and pacified the matter.