Fragmented HAM Splits; Merges with Janata Dal – U

Former HAM leader Narendra Singh (file photo).

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Patna: Former Agriculture Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Narendra Singh, angry with the party President Jitan Ram Manjhi's unilateral decision to break ties with the NDA and join hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), on Sunday, declared his faction of party the real HAM and merged with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal – U.

Singh, who had followed Manjhi to join HAM that was formed just weeks before the 2015 Assembly polls, said the former Chief Minister of Bihar had abandoned HAM and was no longer the member of the party.

Staking claim over the party, the Singh faction appointed Gajendra Manjhi as the HAM's new national President.

"HAM was formed so it could be part of the NDA government in Bihar. It was not formed to be part of the Grand Alliance led by convicted RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. By joining hands with the RJD, Manjhi essentially ditched HAM and therefore, we have elected a new President in his place and have decided to merge with the JD-U," the former Agriculture Minister said.

Singh also expressed his regrets over leaving JD-U in the first place and going along with Manjhi saying had he known that he was such a power-hungry person, he would have never been part of HAM.

"Jitan Ram Manjhi ditched HAM because he wants a RJD ticket for his son in the state Assembly," he said.

Meanwhile, two other HAM leaders – Brishan Patel and Danish Rizwan – rejected Singh's claim saying he was never part of the party and Jitan Ram Manjhi continued to remain the leader of HAM.


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