In an interview, Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi talks on the alliance between Hindustani Awami Morcha (Secular) and BJP, his changed political stance and “anti-Nitish” pitch.
Bihar’s youngest political party sends out some dispiriting signals ahead of the state’s election.
BJP called it ‘old pressure tactics’ used to bargain at the time of election.
Reacting to the Bihar Cabinet’s decisions, Manjhi said that Nitish Kumar was forced to emulate him because of his political compulsions.
“Till I am there jungle raj can never come. I had established rule of law and this will continue to prevail,” Kumar said.
Jitan Ram Manjhi said he had held rallies across the state where the “consensus” was to get “rid” of the Lalu-Nitish combine.
Pappu had spent five years in jail for allegedly murdering CPM legislator Ajit Sarkar in 1998 and was acquitted in 2013.
The former Bihar CM reportedly wants his party candidates to contest from 50 seats in the elections, but may have to settle for fewer seats.
Manjhi continues to occupy official Bihar CM residence, claims Nitish has posted policemen there to keep eye on mangoes, litchis, jackfruit.
Sources in BJP, however, said the party was just exploring possibilities, and that it might not form an alliance with Manjhi’s outfit.
Manjhi has launched his own outfit Hindustani Awam Morcha, after an unceremonious exit from the post of Chief Minister and JD(U).
Party sources told PTI that BJP could ally with Jitan Ram Manjhi, who comes from the Mahadalit community.
Manjhi had recently spoken to Lalu to explore alliance options with RJD and Congress “minus Nitish”.
“We are for a broader unity of parties against BJP in which everybody, including Manjhi, shall come forward,” Lalu told reporters in Patna before leaving for Delhi.
Manjhi announced that HAM would contest alone all the 243 seats in coming Bihar polls.
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