With the nation in election season and political parties gearing up for phases 4 to 7 of the Lok Sabha polls, a BSP candidate in Bihar caused an unexpected flutter at an Election Commission office in Bihar in an effort to make a bizarre point.
As BSP candidate Sashi Kumar went to file his nomination in the Election Commission's office in Nalanda, he was stopped from entering as he carried two huge bags with him. However, upon enquiry by the security personnel, it was revealed that the bags carried the deposit amount that was to be submitted during the nomination.
Kumar, unbelievably, had brought the princely sum of Rs 25,000 in the form of Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 coins. When asked about the reason for doing the same, he said that coins (loose change) is an issue for all and he wanted to get rid of them. This, according to him was the best way to help people to get rid of the coins that are not accepted at many places.
Explaining his reason, he said: "These coins are an issue for many people. Many places do not accept them. At times, even the banks do not accept these coins, so I collected them from various people. This is how I helped them in getting rid of the coins. I also want to say that it is the insult of Indian currency if people are not accepting it."
He also explained that he feels that Indian currency is being insulted because many institutions do not accept these coins. Kumar collected the coins from people around his area who allegedly faced problems in using these coins.
Adding to his reason, he also said: "Indian currency must not be insulted, when government institutions do not accept it, it is an insult, As per law, the election commission is bound to take it. So I took this step."