Patna: Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, realizing he had absolutely no chance of becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar a second time, threw his weight behind his new hero and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav saying he was a national leader and a much bigger leader than himself.
Speaking at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, Manjhi, who was briefly made the Chief Minister of Bihar by his predecessor and former friend Nitish Kumar after the latter resigned on moral grounds following the poor showing of his party in the 2014 Parliamentary elections, said that while he was only a regional leader, Tejaswi Yadav was already a national brand name and deserved to be the next Chief Minister of Bihar.
"He is a much bigger leader than me and therefore, I back him as the next Chief Minister of Bihar," Manjhi said.
The HAM leader then unloaded on his former idol Nitish Kumar saying the Chief Minister was only interested in building buildings and monuments in Bihar and had zero concerns about the poor, Dalits, and backwards.
"I have been a vocal critic of Nitish Kumar's obsession with building a new museum, Gyan Bhawan, Bapu Smarak, and now this 'Sabhyata Dwar' built at the cost of Rs. 5 crores. All this at the cost of education, healthcare, and employment of the poor, needy, backwards, and Dalits of the state. With millions of people without a piece of land and no school for the poor children, Nitish Kumar is showing off new buildings and monuments in Patna and Nalanda to the world. The only thing left now for him is to build another Taj Mahal in Bihar," Manjhi said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS