Days after his public show of a revolver at a hospital, Gopal Mandal, a Janata Dal (United) MLA from Bihar, stirred up one more controversy on October 6, this time by verbally attacking journalists.
When pressed by journalists about his get together’s MLA brazenly showcasing a gun on the hospital, he retorted, “Who do you think you are to question me? Yes, I will display it.”
In Hindi, he inquired, “Tum log humare baap ho ki mana karoge? (Are you guys my father to prevent me)?”.
JDU विधायक गोपाल मंडल ने पत्रकारों को दी भद्दी-भद्दी गालियाँ, पिस्तौल से देख लेने तक की धमकी दी.
अस्पताल में पिस्तौल लेकर जाने के सवाल पर भड़के. pic.twitter.com/VN6NbAjMNt
— Utkarsh Singh (@UtkarshSingh_) October 6, 2023
The MLA additionally acknowledged that he nonetheless had the pistol with him and requested the journalists whether or not they needed to see it.
As they continued to query him, he grew offended and started verbally abusing them. The MLA additionally tried to push away the microphones and folks holding digital camera.
On October 3, JD(U) MLA Gopal Mandal, representing Gopalpur, discovered himself on the centre of controversy following his go to to Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College & Hospital in Bhagalpur. In the hospital he maintain a pistol triggering outrage and questions on security and safety within the state. He went to the hospital with his granddaughter for a CT scan.
A video that surfaced on social media captured Mandal’s audacious behaviour as he recklessly displayed the firearm inside the hospital premises. Despite being questioned by safety workers in regards to the weapon, the legislator reportedly justified his actions by stating, “If I don’t carry it in my hand, where else should I keep it? It’s my style.”
Mandal tried to justify his actions by referencing previous threats from criminals and present political adversaries. He claimed that his neighborhood, with a vital voter base, supported him fervently. According to him, his rivals had been threatened by his rising reputation, particularly in mild of his aspirations to change into a Member of Parliament (MP) within the upcoming elections.
He declared his intention to make use of the revolver for self-defense, warning that he wouldn’t hesitate to shoot anybody who posed a menace, be it on the hospital or elsewhere.