Jitan Ram Manjhi ‘upset’ at not getting ‘due’ from BJP

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.”

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:July 1, 2017 3:31 am
jitan ram manjhi, nitish kumar, bihar CM nitish kumar, manjhi advise to nitish, manjhi asks nitish to quit, bihar politics, nitish being undermined Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi.

FORMER BIHAR chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who broke away from Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) to join the NDA, is learnt to be “upset” at the BJP not fulfilling its commitments to the Mahadalit leader before he joined the saffron-led alliance in 2015. While not making clear what exactly the commitment was, his party — the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), or HAM(S) — however, said that it will not raise the issue before the Presidential election on July 17. “We have some issues but our immediate priority is to see NDA president candidate Ram Nath Kovind winning handsomely. Manjhi-ji has always spoken about fielding a Scheduled Caste candidate for the post (of President),” HAM(S) spokesperson Danish Rizwan said.

Manjhi did not speak on the issue. Senior HAM(S) leader and former Bihar minister Mahachandra Prasad Singh only said, “It is true that Jitan Ram Manjhi has not been given his due by the BJP… they had made some commitment to him (before joining the NDA in 2015). A source in the party claimed that Manjhi was promised the post of Governor.

He had also had a tiff with fellow NDA constituent and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan over the “Mahadalit base” claims. LJP won only two seats in the 2015 polls, and HAM(S) is represented in the Assembly only by Manjhi, who won from Imamganj but lost from his second seat, Maqdumpur. Rizwan said a leader of Manjhi’s stature “should be given his due”, irrespective of the party’s electoral performance. “We will meet BJP president Amit Shah after the election for the President. There has been expectation but no rancour. It is an internal matter of the NDA,” he said.

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.”

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    Rishika
    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    Manjhi is a power hungry and this Danish guy his parrot. He has one vote, how does him not raising voice before President election impacts Kovind's chances? Manjhi was neck deep in corruption during his chief ministership and is still not satisfied with all that he has amassed during that time. Now he wants to dirty the high office of Governor.
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    S.Nagaraja Rao
    Jul 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    BJP too became like any other political party to make use of one dump him after use.As Nitish kumar is coming closer to NDA in view of Presidential election, BJP is not bothered about Mr. Manji who has become as spent force for them. It is not only with Manjhi ,But also with TDP in AP, TRS in Telangana in Particular other party rulers in other states. We can not expect more from BJP. It too has no morals or scruples. Once President election is over the BJP will be giving more shocking news show its true colours.. Its present silence on burning J K is nothing but to wait for Presindent nominees election. Once M.Covind gets elected it will be easy for NDA to get its bills Passed which were passed in Parliament. Wait See the changes to come!
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