At Lalu’s iftaar party, Nitish Kumar and Manjhi warm up to each other

Manjhi has said recently that whatever he is today is because of Nitish Kumar.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:July 5, 2016 2:54 am
nitish kumar, manjhi, nitish kumar indian express, lalu prasad, Jitan Ram Manjhi, manjhi, Bihar, Bihar politics, Bihar news, India news Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi share a smile at the party hosted by Lalu.. (Express Photo)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi, whom Nitish had installed in his chair briefly before the two fell out, appear to be headed for a patch-up. Both of them guests at an iftaar party hosted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad recently, and were seen warming up to each other for the first time after the bitterly contested 2015 assembly elections.

So far, Nitish Kumar had been seen as having shut the doors on any wish Manjhi may have had of returning. Now, sources said, Nitish has been giving a rethink to the possibility of weaning Manjhi away from NDA to jolt his rivals symbolically. “It is true that the CM has had a change of heart and shed his bitterness for Manjhi,” said a JD(U) source, confirming that the top leadership is in talks with Manjhi. “We keep exploring options in politics. Manjhi heaping praise on Nitish recently also suggests that Manjhi is thinking beyond the BJP.”

Manjhi has said recently that whatever he is today is because of Nitish Kumar.

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The JD(U) source, for his part, said, “We will do whatever we can to trouble the BJP before the UP assembly elections. We are going to contest the UP elections and are looking to broadbase our party and alliance to pose a challenge to the BJP. Manjhi is an important Dalit face from Bihar and can have a larger role to play in politics if he joins us.”

The JD(U) also wants to out-think Lalu Prasad, who too has been in talks with Manjhi. Ironically, it was Lalu whose iftaar party provided the platform for Nitish and Manjhi to get together in public.

Manjhi, however, has been playing his cards close to his chest. Sources said Manjhi expects the BJP to offer him at least the post of a governor if it wants to keep him in the NDA fold. “One must go by statistics — Manjhi leads a one-MLA party,” said HAM (S) spokesperson Danish Rizwan. “We did not do well in the last assembly polls because the NDA did not do well. But Manjhi is still a major Dalit face after Ram Vilas Paswan.”

Rizwan said he has no knowledge what Manjhi’s next political move will be. “We remain very much part of the NDA. We cannot stop people from speculating,” Rizwan said.

Another HAM(S) leader said Nitish and Lalu Prasad did not have much to offer the former CM while BJP can still offer him something suiting his “stature”. “It could be politics of bargaining from Manjhi and politics of posturing by Nitish,” the leader said.

Meanwhile, rebellion within another NDA constituent, RLSP, has also given the grand alliance an opportunity to take potshots at the NDA. RLSP chief and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha recently dissolved the state unit of the party, dismissing MP Arun Kumar as the president.

Manjhi suffered hugely after splitting from the JD(U) and joining the NDA. In an election swept by Nitish and Lalu’s grand alliance, Manjhi’s new party, HAM(S), won only one seat. This was Imamganj, won by Manjhi himself, though he lost Makhdumpur, which he had represented.

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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:02 am
    NITISH wearing a MUZZIE sculp???---wonder if his wife will put on a BURQHA for the party????
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      MyTake
      Jul 5, 2016 at 6:00 am
      Nitish is only half way there by cover his top bit! Surely he did not cut the other bit from the top of his p****, which could make complete!
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        MyTake
        Jul 5, 2016 at 5:54 am
        They want to do Iftar politics. This confirms today's Islam has very little to do with religion but mostly to do politics! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That is again confirmed by some Muslims who buy this wsome - making political innings from the otherwise supposed to be religious eny!
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          ashok s
          Jul 5, 2016 at 2:58 am
          There are always iftaar parties in political circles, but do they keep Rojas , starving poor's and having iftaar
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          Rajesh
          Jul 5, 2016 at 5:30 am
          You b****d, only 25% of your father's 4 is is your real ammi.
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            babu
            Jul 5, 2016 at 5:01 am
            You looser 30% chaddi hindus sre the reason why country of 1000 million hindus are been ruled by just 60 million brtish
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              victim
              Jul 5, 2016 at 7:15 am
              fu@$*andg hypocrites, where do these skullcaps go after the party? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Muslims are fool if they get carried away with such meaningless gestures.
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                victim
                Jul 5, 2016 at 7:17 am
                you got it wrong buddy, total potion of India was around 400 million at the time of freedom and even lesser in 18th century, less than 300 milliion.
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