To a query whether there are obstacles in the seat allotment among opposition grouping, the HAM chief said, There is no problem at all. There is only one goal of the mahagathbandhan, defeating the NDA.
Claiming that a number of steps aimed at the welfare of SCs and STs were taken during his brief tenure, Manjhi said the chief minister's recent pro-Dalit stance was "aimed at deriving political mileage at a time when the Lok Sabha elections are just a few months away".
Sources said that BJP president Amit Shah made a final effort to stop Manjhi from leaving the NDA by offering a ministerial berth in the Bihar government for his son, but Jitan Ram Manjhi had by then taken his decision.
Following days of hard bargain, BJP on Monday (September 14) sealed a seat sharing pact for the Bihar assembly polls with its allies under which it will contest 160 of the 243 seats, while sparing 20 for Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM(S), besides 40 for Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP.