Two Key Leaders of Manjhi’s Party Quit

Jitan Ram Manjhi with Brishan Patel (file photo)

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Patna: In what was already a party with barely any presence in Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) received a major setback on Wednesday when two of his biggest supporters resigned from the party following intra-party bickering between them.

Former state minister Brishan Patel and party national spokesperson Danish Rizwan resigned from HAM as Patel though for different reasons. While Patel tendered his resignation accusing Manjhi of making light of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to sit on a dharna with her police chief, a move supported by all members of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar Rizwan resigned from the party accusing Patel of engaging in financial irregularities involving party fund.

“While the entire Grand Alliance was standing in support of Mamata Banerjee, Jitan Ram Manjhi chose to criticize her saying she should not have stood up for her police chief. This was not only wrong but also against the basic tenet of a grand alliance. Rizwan, who is the national spokesperson for the party, also declared the recent Congress rally in Patna a ‘super-flop’ event,” Patel said.

Saying he would still remain in the Grand Alliance, Patel said he would decide his next move in a few days. Sources, however, said he was leaning towards joining Congress that is seeing a rise in its political fortune in the last few months.

He also rejected Danish’s allegations of financial irregularities saying he had been in politics under various capacities for decades, never once anyone had accused him of corruption of any sort.

Meanwhile, Manjhi refused to comment on the latest development involving his own party saying things will be sorted out in the coming days.

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