Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi quits NDA; Tejashwi Yadav says RJD 'welcomes' him

Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi has quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), according to media reports.

This came minutes after reports of a meeting between Manjhi and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi surfaced. Devi is also the wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav.

 Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi quits NDA; Tejashwi Yadav says RJD welcomes him

File image of Jitan Manjhi. PTI

Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav addressed the media on Wednesday along with Manjhi and said, "He has been an old friend to my parents; we welcome him," ANI reported.

On Sunday, Manjhi 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 bypolls.

"The NDA must announce at least one Hindustani Awam Morcha 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 bypolls", Manjhi said.

The Rajya Sabha election is slated for 23 March. The bypolls for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jahanabad and Bhabhua Assembly seats are scheduled to be held on 11 March.

Manjhi said that "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."

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Feb 28, 2018 11:50:43 IST