Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi outlined various issues to be raised by the party and said, “For the country’s development, we demand that agriculture be accorded an industry status, so that farmers can sell their crops at appropriate market prices.”
The BJP downplayed the “resentment” angle. A senior party leader said: “We do not know what Manjhi was promised. It is up to the (BJP) central leadership to take up such matter. There are no problems within the NDA.”
Manjhi was on his way to meet those agitating against Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Sudesh Paswan’s murder, when his convoy’s pilot vehicle was set on fire.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must not “take away a traditional profession” in his zeal to ban liquor, he said.
“Rumours are rife in the media that Nitish Kumar is being undermined and not allowed to function independently. I too feel that though he holds the crown, somebody else is calling the shots,” the former Chief Minister said.
RJD national spokesperson Manoj Jha said: “Though I have no information about any meeting, only RJD president Lalu Prasad can decide over inclusion of any individual or party in the RJD fold.”
Manjhi’s grandson Vikki Manjhi and his father Yogendra Manjhi were arrested and charged with the murder of Vikki’s 25-year-old wife Soni Devi on Saturday last.
Jitan Manjhi said Shah’s statement that firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan if BJP lost Bihar was among such statements that “hurt” the alliance.
The bloodbath of the NDA allies on whom BJP was banking for its forward-backward winning combination, means that both Paswan and Kuswaha, will have reduced clout in the union government of which both are a part.
VK Singh’s remark on the Dalit killings in Faridabad and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s stance on the need to revisit the reservation policy has made it hard for its allies to defend the BJP .
The division reflects the new caste combination that emerged after Manjhi’s party aligned with the BJP.
In last campaign for Speaker’s Imamganj, Manjhi tells crowd they will gain from his ‘closeness to PM’.
HAM’s alliance with BJP has not come in the way of some Muslims like Alam to pitch for Manjhi
Yadav’s list is a measure of the fear in Makhdumpur, that Manjhi may fall to his former comrades. “If the Yadavs, Koeris and Muslims gang up on us, we will be in trouble,” he says Yadav.
Manjhi predicted that the strike rate of his party, HAM, would be better than that of all other NDA constituents.