Manjhi Says He Won’t Contest Election if His Party Doesn’t Get More than One Seat

HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi (file photo).

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Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi, the former Chief Minister of Bihar, is still struggling to find his footing in the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar as was evident on Sunday when he said that unless his party got at least one seat more than other newer members of the Grand Alliance, he would prefer not to contest the Lok Sabha polls at all.

Speaking at a press conference, the leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) said that his party was one of the original parties in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance in Bihar and as such, his party deserved more seats than the newcomers like Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and if he did not get more seats than the two then he would reconsider his options in the Mahagathbandhan.

“It is not about how many candidates each party fields but it is about winning elections. We are in a position to win more seats in Bihar than the other two parties and that is why we deserve more seats than the RLSP and VIP,” he said.

Manjhi said that the Grand Alliance would soon announce the names of the candidates.

“Last week I met with Rabri Devi to discuss seat situation and before that, I had met with Lalu Prasad Yadav in Ranchi and each time they assured me of getting more seats than the RLSP and VIP. Our goal is to rid the nation from the failed NDA government and I am ready to do my bit in achieving this goal,” he said adding the Parliamentary working committee of his party would be held on 14th.

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