Tej Pratap Yadav, party legislator of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) held a meeting with NDA ally, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi which sparked possibilities that Manjhi may realign with RJD in Bihar.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, leader of Hindustani Awam Morcha(HAM) is an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar. On the 74th birthday of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav met with the HAM leader.
HAM chief Jitin Ram Manjhi’s discord with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) signals his withdrawal from the NDA. However, he refused any such rumor. He said that his party is a part of NDA led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar.
A massive explosion in Bihar’s Banka district damaged a madrasa injuring several people. BJP leader Hari Bhushan Thakur MLA from Bisfi in Madhubani district demanded that such educational institutions should be banned across the State. He added that in madrasas and mosques in Bihar, education on terrorism is being given. Manjhi responded that it is not right to target a community for political gains. The difference in opinion and disagreement can cause a setback for NDA.
Tej Pratap Yadav after the meeting which lasted for more than half an hour conveyed to Manjhi that the door is open for him and it is up to the HAM leader to decide if he wants to switch to the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar.
According to some sources, the RJD is looking forward to Manjhi and his party as a potential alliance partner in the near future.
Recently, Mukul Roy who quit the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in September 2017 and joined the BJP returned to TMC again amid growing differences of opinion with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh. It may be possible that Manjhi may quit his alliance with NDA.