Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi, who was recently reprimanded by the JD(U) to mind his tongue, Sunday dared the party to replace him, saying he “was not less capable than anyone else”.
Suggesting that he has time till November next year (apparently referring to the state polls), Manjhi said dropping him would send a wrong message to the SCs and the STs.
Speaking at an SC/ST doctors’ meet here, Manjhi said: “Bahut khich ke jayenge to November tak jayenge. Bich me bhi hataye ja sakte hai. Lekin hum kisi se darnewale nahi hai. Hum kisi se kam kabil nahi hai (I can be allowed to continue as CM till November, might be removed even before that. But I cannot be cowed down, I am no less capable than anyone else)”.The CM’s statement is taken as open defiance to the JD(U) leadership as his statement came a few days after the party had cautioned him against “making off-the-cuff remarks”.
Invoking Dalit constituency, he said that he had been working for the welfare of the Dalits and wanted “fast results” before he is removed. “Things can get short-circuited”, he said. No one should try to “overpower” him, the CM added.