Manjhi, Kushwaha, Sahni Pow Wow Ahead of Bihar Elections

Manjhi, Sahni, and Kushwaha holding a meeting in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: The three musketeers of Bihar politics – Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha, and Mukesh Sahni – with relaxation in the Coronavirus lockdown rules, came out of their hideouts on Tuesday and held a joint meeting to work out a strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections.

The meeting was held at the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahni's office in Patna where former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha stressed the need to remain united in their attempt to keep Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at bay.

Interestingly, the three, who were earlier part of the so-called Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, did not invite leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) or Congress Party to develop a united strategy to defeat the BJP-led NDA in the state Assembly elections slated to be held later this year.

Despite several past setbacks, sources said the leaders of the three parties discussed sharing seats in the state polls while condemning the past behavior of the RJD that, they alleged, treated them like second-class citizens.

Emerging from the meeting after about an hour, Kushwaha said the meeting was far from political in nature as it was the time to help the poor and migrant labors who were the hardest hit groups in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Workers are dying on the streets as the Nitish government has failed to make proper arrangement for their safe return to Bihar. They have no money, no food, no water. They are tired, hurt, and sick. As the voice of the opposition, it is our duty to speak against the failure of this government, " the RLSP leader said.

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