Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday visited Lucknow to set up a state unit of his party – Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) – and asked his party leaders to find parties which would agree to a merger. Talking to the media, Manjhi also supported the Centre’s order on demonetisation of notes, saying the move will benefit the nation in future. He further announced that if his party gets the chance to form the government in UP, then the chief minister will be from a minority community while there will be two deputy chief ministers-one from a Scheduled Caste and another from Backward Castes.
Manjhi said empowerment of women will also be in their agenda, and they would provide women with free education up to the college level, provide facilities to farmers, reduce unemployment of youths and giving them pension of up to Rs 5,000 per month up to 40 years of age, until they get a job.
Criticising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on liquor ban, Manjhi claimed Nitish has hit the cultural rights of scheduled castes and most backward castes, who use liquor in some cultural occasions. He further claimed that people involved in postmortems or municipality staff who cleans sewers could not do their job without consuming liquor.
He claimed that nearly 18,000 people in Bihar were in jail under the act at present.
He also said that Nitish and Lalu were jointly working in Bihar for their own vested interests. Manjhi said Nitish wants to continue as chief minister, while Lalu made his political revival by getting one son to hold the deputy CM post and another to be a minister. He also sent his daughter to the Rajya Sabha and his wife to the legislative council.
Manjhi said that there was a situation of “Raaj kisi ka-taaj kisi ka” in Bihar, because Lalu was enjoying clout in the administration. Nitish was ambitious, otherwise if there was any other person in his place, he would have resigned from the chief ministerial post, he claimed.