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Whose baby is Manjhi government, asks Nitish Kumar

He had chosen Manjhi as his successor merely because he was a colleague, Nitish Kumar claimed.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Updated: February 12, 2015 9:27 pm
JD(U), Nitish Kumar, Manjhi, Bihar JD(U) senior leader Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference at his residence in Patna on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Claiming that no political party has come forward to endorse the Jitan Ram Manjhi government and it has a support of “just” 12 MLAs, senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday asked “Whose baby is the Manjhi government.”

“I want to know which political party is backing the Manjhi government as even the BJP has not come forward to support it publicly,” a visibly exasperated Kumar said at a press conference at his official residence.

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“There are five major political parties in Bihar…four of them are with us, nobody is backing the Manjhi government at the moment. I want to know whose government it is?” he asked.

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The senior JD(U) leader also hit out at Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and alleged he had given “a long rope to Manjhi at the behest of the BJP and the Centre”.

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This was done to indulge in horsetrading to survive trust vote in the house on February 20 next, Kumar reiterated.

Kumar said the staggering number of 130 MLAs with him, who were paraded at the Raj Bhawan here and in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi, should have been taken into account to give an opportunity to him to form the government.

However, the Governor decided to delay for a long time the process of trust vote apparently to enable Manjhi muster numbers to ensure survival of his ‘partyless’ government, Kumar added.

Kumar, who had handpicked Manjhi as his successor after quitting the chief minister’s post owning moral responsibility for his party’s debacle in the general elections last year, scotched the notion that he had chosen the latter keeping into account his mahadalit background.

He had chosen Manjhi as his successor merely because he was a colleague, Kumar claimed.

Also read: Jitan Ram Manjhi should be allowed to remain CM: Pappu Yadav

“Frankly speaking, I had not selected Manjhi for the Chief Minister’s post in view of his Mahadalit background, but did so merely because he happened to be a colleague in my government,” Kumar said.

Acknowledging that Manjhi’s defiance turned out to be a setback for him, the former chief minister accused his successor of ditching him.

“It’s a setback to me in the context that a person whom I trusted has ditched me,” he said candidly.

The senior JD(U) leader slammed the BJP and the Centre of denying a legitimate coalition comprising the JD(U), RJD, Congress, CPI and an Independent MLA to form the government and said that the BJP was shivering at the very prospect at his (Kumar) coming to power again.

“The BJP is frightened with the prospect that I will make come back to power again,” he said and warned the saffron party it will face similar consequences as in Delhi for stalling a democratic and constitutional process for formation of a legitimate government.

“You are desperate for power directly or indirectly in Bihar, but you will face similar rout in Bihar that you have suffered in Delhi,” Kumar reiterated.

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  1. B
    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:10 am
    So you expected Manjhi to keep the seat warm for you? What kind of politics does Nitish play and he was going to be an alternate to Modi? This is similar to Lalu appointing Rabri as the CM while controlling the government. How can Biharis tolerate this?
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      Brahm Gaur
      Feb 13, 2015 at 4:19 am
      At last arrogant Nitish got what he deserved. He is the biggest loser after a divorce from BJP. Well done Manjhi. You have shown what your are made off.
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        Harish Kiran
        Feb 13, 2015 at 6:22 am
        Strangulating your own baby Nitish?!
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          Jayanti lal
          Feb 13, 2015 at 12:51 am
          Jitan Ram Manjhi is definitely Nitish Kumar's Baby. after all he got him appointed as chief Minister under the notion that he will not use his brain.
          1. K
            Feb 13, 2015 at 7:46 am
            Nitish is talking about horse trading. That shows that all 130 MLA whom you show your supporters are not dependable. I blame that you have offered money to them to support you and that is the the reason you are not ready to waite till 20 th of this month. Do not throw stones from gl . You are also doing horse trading and you blame others
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