Cracks in NDA as Jitan Ram Manjhi targets LJP

DECCAN CHRONICLE | NAYEAR AZAD
Published Sep 9, 2015, 10:10 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 9:46 pm IST
Jitan Ram Manjhi (Photo: PTI/File)
 Jitan Ram Manjhi (Photo: PTI/File)

Patna: There were indications of a crisis brewing within the NDA on Tuesday after former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi launched a scathing attack on the Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party, terming it a party of “bhai-bhatija (brothers and nephews, read nepotism).”

Mr Manjhi, chief of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), which is also a partner of the NDA in Bihar, accused Mr Paswan of insulting him. “I feel insulted by his remarks about me, that I am on trial in NDA. My support to the BJP is unconditional but that doesn’t mean that I am weak, I have strong support from my own community and other extremely backward castes,” said Mr Manjhi

Sources said Mr Manjhi was resorting to pressure tactics ahead of seat distribution to demand more seats for his party. When Mr Manjhi was asked about this, he said, “LJP has been demanding more seats but the fact is that while my party has 13 sitting MLAs, they have none. The BJP must decide keeping that in mind.” He added, “I had earlier said I will not compromise on those seats where I already have sitting MLAs, but, at the same time, I would like to say here that my support to BJP is unconditional.”
 

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