Patna, Feb 28: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday quit the Bharatiyah Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Manjhi, had formed his own party – Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) – in 2015 after being removed unceremoniously from the CM post by Nitish Kumar. Manjhi is likely to formally announce his break-up with the NDA on Thursday. Also Read - Nitish Kumar Gets COVID Vaccine at IGIMS; Urges People of Bihar to Follow Suit, Not Let Their Guard Down
Manjhi’s announcement of breaking off ties with the NDA came shortly after he held a meeting with ex-CM Rabri Devi at her residence in Patna earlier today. Also Read - Bihar Cabinet Expansion: Shahnawaz Hussain, Sushant Singh Rajput's Cousin Among 17 Joining Nitish Kumar Govt
“The NDA was divided into two factions over the subject of reservation and Constitution. Cases of atrocities on poor and Dalits were rising each day. Bihar was not given special status and Manjhi ji’s policies were also not implemented in this budget,” RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav told reporters after the meeting. Also Read - Bihar Cabinet Expansion Today: Shahnawaz Hussain Likely to Get Ministerial Berth | Check List of Probable Ministers
Jitan Ram Manjhi had demanded that his party be allotted one Rajya Sabha seat in the upcoming elections failing which the party would not support the BJP-led coalition in the next one Lok Sabha and two Assembly by-polls. (Also Read: Bihar by-polls test for BJP-JD(U) alliance)
“The NDA must announce at least one Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader among its candidates for the six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar. If that does not happen, our party workers will not campaign for candidates of the coalition in the by-polls”, Manjhi had said. The Rajya Sabha election is slated for March 23. The by-polls for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jahanabad and Bhabhua Assembly seats are scheduled to be held on March 11.