Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was not willing to resign as Chief Minister of Bihar and had step aside for his party’s choice Nitish Kumar, has been expelled.
Manjhi had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. It is reported that he discussed the present scenario with Modi. According to sources, Manjhi was accused by his Janata Dal United or JDU of anti-party activities.
“The Bihar crisis was scripted in Delhi. Operation Jitan Ram Manjhi has been engineered by (BJP chief) Amit Shah and it has PM Modi’s blessings. Yesterday, the tone that Manjhi had used after meeting the PM cannot be that of a minority chief minister,” said JDU leader KC Tyagi.
After a 40-minute meeting with PM Modi, Jitan Ram Manjhi declared, “I am the Chief Minister and I will be here till the legislature party decides otherwise. On the floor, whoever gives us support we will take it.” Manjhi said that he asked for PM Modi’s ‘support’ in Bihar but insisted that only development was discussed. He said he would step down if he failed to prove his majority but also taunted Nitish Kumar, who had handpicked him as his successor after quitting in May owning responsibility for his party’s poor performance in the national election.