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Jitan Ram Manjhi says he will stick it out with Nitish Kumar, NDA, a day after grumbling but Congress stirs Bihar pot

Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said that his party will support Janata Dal United president Nitish Kumar and the National Democratic Alliance. Manjhi, a former JDU Chief Minister himself,  had said yesterday that he won’t join Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet while addressing newly-elected MLAs of HAM(S).

Results of all 243 assembly seats were declared on Wednesday in which NDA secured 125 seats of which BJP won 74. Nitish Kumar’s JDU managed to win 43 seats out of 115 seats it contested on while the NDA junior allies Vikassheel Insaan Party and HAM (S) won 4 seats each. The opposition Mahagathbandhan won 110 seats of which the Rashtriya Janata Dal bagged 75, Congress won 19 and the three Left parties got 16 seats.

The 4 newly-elected HAM(S) MLAs met at Manjhi’s residence on Thursday where they elected him leader of the legislature group. Celebrating the party’s best-ever performance in the Bihar assembly election, the leaders and workers of the party have facilitated Manjhi for his hard work and dedication. Manjhi was the lone MLA in the outgoing assembly. Talking to reporters, Manjhi advised the newly-elected MLAs of the Congress to join the NDA for the progress of Bihar.

Supporting NDA and Nitish Kumar as CM of Bihar, HAM(S) spokesperson  Danish Rizwan said on Thursday that the party fought elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and party leader Jitan Ram Manjhi has already clarified that the party is with Nitish Kumar and will remain with him.

This year in August, Manjhi had quit the NDA to join the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan. He returned just before the elections for which the NDA credited Nitish Kumar.

Following the tight contest, the Congress, on behalf of the RJD, is trying to convince Manjhi and Mukesh Sahni of the VIP to pitch themselves for the post of CM or Speaker and Mukesh Sahni as Deputy CM with key portfolios.

The Congress has sent Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Avinash Pandey, a former AICC general secretary, to Patna for connecting the dots in favour of the Mahagathbandhan. The two leaders will meet their MLAs on Friday and decide strategy.

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The RJD, the largest party in the Mahagathbandhan, is not happy with this Manjhi move of the Congress to change the political scene in Bihar. The RJD and the Left parties have said they failed to form the Bihar government due to the Congress’s poor performance. Pundits blamed the Congress for denying the Mahagathbandhan the number of seats which could have landed them in the CM’s chair. 

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