Further stepping pressure on JD (U) leadership to “reinstate faith in his leadership amidst volley of recent criticism”, Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi seemed to take dig at top party leadership as he said that though he was “CM but is afraid of taking hard decisions for fear of scrutiny”. Manjhi, who looks bent on consolidating his position as an independent leader, took an indirect dig at his political detractors by “hoping that next chief minister also comes from Gaya”. Manjhi belongs to Mahkar village of Gaya.
Speaking at a village school function at Manpur, Gaya on Sunday evening, Manjhi talked about building decision making qualities in students. “Though I am chief minister now, I am afraid of taking tough decision foe fear of scrutiny and criticism. If you get demoralised, it hampers your decision making power”. Though he did not refer to his predecessor Nitish Kumar, Manjhi is reportedly upset with the state government “being forced to revoke suspension” Patna Medical College and Hospital medical superintendent, who was suspended for “negligence in duty” in treatment of those injured during Dussehra Gandhi Maidan stampede. Manjhi reportedly had to buckle under pressure of top JD (U) leadership, more so after Indian Medical Association’ tough stand after Manjhi’s “chop off hands of doctors if found negligent about treatment of the poor”
Speaking at another function in Gaya, Manjhi seemed to balance his political stance as he praised both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar for taking up cause of social justice and “standing up for the oppressed”.
Manjhi’s past few statements regarding his growing assertion as the dalit face of the party has caused confusion iJD (U) cadre among party’s going back to leadership of Nitish Kumar, who will start his Sampark Yatra from West Champaran freshly take up special category status demand to mount pressure on NDA government and also get back to focus in state and national politics.