Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi (Photo Credit: FIle Image)
What can be termed as a major setback for the Mahagatbandhan, former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Majhi on Thursday decided to go solo in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly poll. Majhi also added that the party will contest the Bihar polls, which is scheduled to be held next year, alone. The decision was taken during the executive meeting headed by Majhi.
Formerly with the JD(U), Manjhi had quit it and floated HAM in 2015 in protest against having been made to step down as chief minister to make way for the return of his political mentor Nitish Kumar.
He had started off as a constituent of the NDA wherein he was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called Manjhis forced resignation an insult to the 'Mahadalit' class.
He walked out of the BJP-led coalition in less than a year after Kumars return to the same in July, 2017. However, Manjhi has been sore with the RJD ever since the Grand Alliance was drubbed in the general elections this year.