Manjhi Makes a U-Turn on His Threat Over Number of Seats

HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi (file photo).

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Patna: Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, a day after threatening to pack his bag and leave if his party ‘did not get more respect’ than other new-comers in the Grand Alliance like the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), on Wednesday made an about turn saying he would be content with any number of seat that his party gets in a very crowded field.

“There is no dispute over seat-sharing within the Grand Alliance. Even if we get less number of seats than what we want, we will continue to be a part of the Mahagathbandhan and will do everything in our might to strengthen this alliance against the failed and corrupt NDA leadership in Bihar and Delhi,” Manjhi said while accusing the media for twisting his words a day before when he clearly said that if did not get more seats than RLSP and VIP then he would not even contest the 2019 Parliamentary polls.

Endorsing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the next Prime Minister of India, the former Chief Minister of Bihar (May 20, 2014 – February 20, 2015) said that the Grand Alliance was holding a meeting in Delhi where all of its constituents, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, HAM, RLSP, and VIP will hammer out details of seat-sharing which will be acceptable to all the parties involved.

“Our goal is to dethrone BJP-led NDA from both Bihar and at the Center and we are all united in our efforts. Minor differences over seat-sharing will be sorted out in a matter of days,” Manjhi, who is seeing senior party leaders leaving HAM in the absence of a good poll prospect, said.

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