Manjhi Demands More Seats in the Grand Alliance

HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Patna: Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is once again feeling slighted by his political allies who do not reckon he deserves a bigger slice of the pie knowing he literally is a one-man party with most of his senior leaders already jumping the ship and joining hand with either Congress or Janata Dal – U just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Patna: Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is once again feeling slighted by his political allies who do not reckon he deserves a bigger slice of the pie knowing he literally is a one-man party with most of his senior leaders already jumping the ship and joining hand with either Congress or Janata Dal – U just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

At the meeting of the party’s core committee in Patna on Wednesday, Manjhi, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief, claimed more seats within the Mahagathbandhan saying he would not be content with seats that are less than the number of seats given to Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).

“We are a much bigger party with our current expansion and we deserve the same number of seats that RLSP gets, if not more,” the HAM leader, whose entire political career was built on the issue of reservation, said.

If his party does not get equal number of seats as Kushwaha, then he would be forced to look into ‘other options’ available to him,” he said.

Manjhi, in an attempt to get more seats, said that he has scheduled a meeting with imprisoned RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on February 23 to discuss ‘fair and equitable’ distribution of seats within the Grand Alliance.

“We should not be considered any less than other members of the Grand Alliance. Our party is bigger than RLSP and VIP so we should get more seats than them,” he said.

It may be recalled that Manjhi’s top two lieutenant Brishan Patel and Danish Rizwan recently resigned from the party after internal bickering erupted with all three accusing the other of some sort of impropriety or financial irregularity.

“The name of the new state president will be announced on February 18,” he further said.

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