Bihar CM Jeetan Ram Manjhi said at Jehanabad on Tuesday that Nitish Kumar has been like his “elder brother” and added that he had always played the role of ‘Lakshman’ in furthering Nitish’s development agenda.
Speaking at a Sampark Yatra event, where he shared the stage with Nitish for the first time after becoming CM, Manjhi said: “People are trying to create confusion between me and Nitishji. I stick to his development roadmap. I am his Lakshman and he is like my elder brother in politics,” he said.
“The poor can be poor but not dishonest. Nitishji trusted poor Jeetan Manjhi. I can never betray Nitishji.” he added.
Nitish, however, stuck to his Sampark Yatra format of speech and targeted PM Narendra Modi.
Meanwhile, JD(U)’s partners in Bihar’s Grand Alliance—RJD and Congress — said any decision by the JD(U) regarding a change of guard in the state will be the party’s “internal matter”.
RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said: “When Nitish Kumar resigned and made Manjhi the CM, it was his decision. Now if he wants to come back, it will be his and his party’s decision. We will continue to support JD(U) irrespective of who the CM is”.
Senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra said: “Whether Manjhi should continue is JD(U)’s call, but Nitish Kumar’s comeback as CM will surely boost Bihar’s image and restore its development face.”
On Tuesday, Manjhi also presented JD(U) government’s report card on completion of nine years in Patna where he announced free education to higher secondary students of SC/ST categories and girls of other castes.
The report card seemed to flaunt what the government has done for Mahadalits and minorities.