BJP demands fresh elections in Bihar

Jitan Ram Manjhi

Condemning the ‘insult’ Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi faced within his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded fresh Assembly polls in Bihar.

“We condemn the insult of a Dalit chief minister,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told Mail Today.

“We demand fresh Assembly polls in Bihar,” he said while referring to the political instability in Bihar with a section of JD(U) lawmakers having elected former chief minister Nitish Kumar as their leader.

Shahnawaz targeted Nitish for instigating party MLAs against the chief minister but said it was for the Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi to decide.

“The matter is now with the governor, he will take a final call,” Shahnawaz said. The governor’s role has become crucial as Manjhi has recommended dissolution of the state Assembly in an effort to checkmate Nitish Kumar’s efforts to return to power just months ahead of the Assembly polls.

Shahnawaz charged Nitish of ditching the BJP earlier and now destabilising a Dalit chief minister to serve his political ambitions. “First he ditched us and now he is trying to dislodge a Dalit chief minister. He should have thought about it when he installed Manjhi last year,” said Hussain adding that Nitish is responsible for the present crisis in Bihar.

Union minister and Lokjanshakti party chief Ram Vilas Paswan has also started attacking Nitish Kumar over the Manjhi episode while pledging support for the Bihar chief minister under seige from his own party leaders. “I support Manjhi as he is being targeted for being a Mahadalit chief minister,” Paswan said.

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