Patna | The power tussle between Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, spilled out on the street when supporters of Mr Manjhi not only thrashed the supporters of Mr Kumar but also they chased away from the state headquarters of the party.
The attempt of former Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar to project himself as champion of the cause for uplifting condition of most oppressed (Mahadalit) section of the society, appeared to have vanished in thin air as supporters of Mr Manjhi burnt effigy of Mr Nitish Kumar near state headquarters of the party.
The ongoing power tussle between Mr Nitish Kumar and Mr Manjhi which gained momentum since last evening, reached flash point today as their supporters were not in a mood to spare each other.
Even as the supporters of Mr Manjhi were burning effigy of Mr Nitish Kumar before the party office, supporters of Mr Nitish Kumar opposed it and tried to prevent them from doing such act. They also raised slogans in favour of Mr Nitish Kumar following which supporters of Mr Manjhi thrashed them.
The situation came to such a state that supporters of Mr Nitish Kumar took shelter in party office but they appeared to be not safe there as supporters of Mr Manjhi started beating them and chased away from the party office.
Following intervention of some workers of both sides, the situation was brought under control. In Sultanganj locality of Patna city, supporters of both the leaders also clashed and such incidents also poured in from other parts of the state.
Paswan defends Manjhi, warns against his removal
Patna | In the hectic pulls and pressures of politics now being played out in Patna, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)president and Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan today came out openly in defence of Bihar’s beleaguered Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, warned that removing Manjhi from his post would amount to playing with fire.
Talking to media persons here today he said Manjhi was not a football to be kicked around by all sundry. ‘Despite mounting pressure on him from various quarters to relinquish office, Manjhi has shown rock-like resolve’, he added.
The LJP president said removing Manjhi from his post would not be as easy as his opponents think. ‘It must be kept in mind that the person sitting on the chair is not a dalit or mahadalit, he is the chief minister of Bihar’, he asserted, advising that the dignity of the post must be maintained at all costs.
Paswan, with a vast groundswell of political experience behind him, said the right to convene the legislature party meeting vests solely with the chief minister. ‘Bihar is perhaps the first state in the country where cabinet colleagues of the chief minister do not listen to him’, he regretted.
He suggested that if the JD (U) leadership was in such a great hurry to remove Manjhi, they should have moved a resolution in the legislative assembly to have their way. ‘Had the resolution been moved in the assembly, opponents of Manjhi would have been able to assess their strength’, he remarked.
Paswan said he fully supported Manjhi in the latter’s attempt to unite dalit and mahadalit communities, which former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had tried his best to divide and marginalise. He described Manjhi as his brother.
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