Manjhi Declares HAM the Third Largest Party in Bihar

Says his party deserves more seats than Kushwaha's RLSP.

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Patna: Former Janata Dal – U leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, whose ascension to the Chief Minister’s post between 2014 and 2015 is widely perceived as an ‘act of charity’ on part of his predecessor Nitish Kumar, is once again fighting for his political life as the larger players in the Grand Alliance in Bihar is barely paying any attention to him despite his daily media events.

At a meeting of his Parliamentary Working Committee members in Patna on Thursday, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader drew the proverbial line in the sand saying after the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress Party, his party deserved the most seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“HAM is the oldest member of the Mahagathbandhan and as such, it deserves at least one seat more than any other party besides RJD and Congress. We are prepared to contest on 20 Lok Sabha seats and if by any chance we have to go alone, our candidates will still support other Mahagathbandhan candidates,” Manjhi, who recently lost a number of key leaders from his party to Janata Dal – U, Congress, and RJD, said.

Sources, however, say that like Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Manjhi may also not get more than one ticket for the coming elections.

Former Bihar minister Mahachandra Prasad, Devendra Manjhi, and former legislator Jyoti Manjhi were among those present at the meeting.

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