Manjhi Blames Congress for Turmoil within Grand Alliance

HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi (file photo).

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Patna: Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi doesn’t seem to be able to find a taker for him or his party as he continues to lobby in Patna, Delhi, and Ranchi to see which alliance was willing to offer him a deal that he just could not refuse.

Just days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna indicated they would not mind Manjhi’s return to the NDA fold, the former Chief Minister of Bihar flew to Delhi to meet ‘certain’ leaders but came back empty-handed. On Saturday he flew to Ranchi where he met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the jail where he remains incarcerated in connection with many cases related to fodder scam.

Talking to the reporters after his meeting with Yadav, Manjhi appeared anything but enthusiastic.

“Congress is the one responsible for the chaos in the Mahagathbandhan. It is demanding an unreasonable number of seats leaving practically nothing for other alliance members like HAM or Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP). I have expressed my concerns to Lalu ji and he has assured me of giving us a respectable number of seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections and has directed Tejaswi Yadav and Congress leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh to see we are not ignored when the seats are being distributed,” he said.

Sources say Manjhi is demanding 6 seats but may settle for four and anything less than that would not be acceptable to him.

Insisting HAM deserves a lot more seats than Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP and fledgling Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) led by Mukesh Sahni, Manjhi said that these two parties were new in the Grand Alliance and therefore, deserved much less seats than his own party.

When asked about his possible return to the NDA, the HAM chief said that while everything was fine in the NDA, he left it due to some serious ideological differences on the topic of reservation.


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