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Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi quits NDA

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi quits NDA

India BloomsNews Service | @indiablooms | 28 Feb 2018, 06:26 pm

Patna, Feb 28 (IBNS) : Hindustani Awam Morcha chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi  has quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Media reports quoted  HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan as saying  on Wednesday that  Manjhi will join hands with the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress) in the state.

The development came  after Manjhi met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav at his residence.

Manjhi, who once was the Dalit face of the Janata Dal (U) at a time when the party was rivalry with the BJP, quit the organisation and came close to the NDA after being forced to step down as Chief Minister to make room for  Nitish Kumar in 2015.

He had fought the 2015 Assembly polls as part of the NDA which lost to the Grand Alliance.

Political turns and twists have now brought Nitish Kumar once again in alliance with the BJP and forced Manjhi to sever ties with the saffron party.

In signs of  he being unhappy with the  ruling coalition in Bihar, Manjhi had on Sunday expressed  displeasure  on his party being overlooked for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. He  had demanded that HAM be allotted one Rajya Sabha seat, failing which the party would not support the BJP-led coalition in the next one Lok Sabha and two Assembly by-polls.

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi quits NDA

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