New Delhi, Feb 28: According t th latest news pouring in former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha head, Jitan Ram Manjhi, quits NDA. Earlier in the morning he ha come down t meet the former Bihar CM and also RJD chief Lalu Yadav's wife Rabri Devi.
After quitting NDA Manjhi joins Bihar's 'grand-alliance'. Addressing the media along with Manjhi, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav said, 'he has been an old friend to my parents, we welcome him.'
Earlier Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday 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.
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 told PTI.
Manjhi ha said "for more than a year and a half, I and my party have been working tirelessly for strengthening the NDA in Bihar. But as the saying goes even a mother does not feed her child until he or she cries and demands attention.
Manjhi had formed HAM after walking out of the JD(U) in protest against the alleged pressure to step down as chief minister in 2015 and make way for the return of Nitish Kumar. He had fought the Assembly polls held the same year as part of the NDA which lost to the Grand Alliance comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress.
Recently, the former chief minister had expressed the wish that his party is allowed to contest by-poll from Jahanabad Assembly seat but withdrew the demand following alleged cold response from the BJP. The seat is now being contested by the JD(U), which had initially announced that it would not contest any of the three seats going for by-polls.
News24Bureau with Agencies