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RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui says his party should support Jitan govt

Manjhi, a mahadalit, was sworn in as the 32nd Chief Minister of Bihar. Tweet This
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Lalu Prasad (left) and Nitish Kumar Lalu Prasad (left) and Nitish Kumar

In signal to RJD’s growing proximity to JD(U), RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said his party should support Jitan Ram Manjhi government from outside. Siddiqui, however, said it was his personal opinion and the party MLAs would take a final call on this in the evening.

Earlier, Lalu Prasad had dismissed talks of any direct or indirect tie-up  with JD (U). The new chief minister has been asked to prove majority on May 23 during an special session. Though JD(U) enjoys the support of 120 MLAs in  truncated House of 239, RJD support from outside to the government and even abstaining from voting would pave way for new political permutations in Bihar post drubbing of both RJD and JD (U) in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, PTI reports that RJD has announced support to the Manjhi government. The report added that the announcement was made by RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui.

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