Never talked of quitting Grand Alliance, says Manjhi

Never talked of quitting Grand Alliance, says Manjhi Patna, Nov 10 (PTI) Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular)National President Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that henever said his party would pull out of the five-party GrandAlliance in Bihar.

The former Bihar chief minister, however, said that acoordination committee should be formed for taking decisionsregarding the Grand Alliance and for better coordination amongits partners RJD, Congress, RLSP, HAM(S) and Vikassheel InsanParty (VIP).

Speaking to reporters after HAM(S) youth wing meetingconvened at his residence here, Manjhi said, 'I never said myparty will come out of the Grand Alliance... I will remain init... Though, I firmly spoke about the formation of acoordination committee for taking decisions of the alliance.' Manjhi had on November 7 announced at the nationalexecutive meeting of HAM(S) that his party would go it alonein the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, where it has notcontested any poll so far.

He also announced that his party will field candidatesin all the 243 Assembly segments of Bihar during Vidhan Sabhaelections next year, giving rise to speculations that theDalit leader may quit the Grand Alliance.

'I had joined the Grand Alliance on the condition thatthere will be a coordination committee and every decision ofalliance will be taken through the committee alone,' he toldreporters on Sunday.

When pointed out that RJD heir apparent TejashwiPrasad Yadav had said that Manjhi had made up his mind to quitthe alliance, the HAM(S) supremo refused to comment on it.

Asked whether he would suggest Tejashwi Yadav forconstituting the coordination committee, Manjhi said he hadspoken to both Tejashwi and his father Lalu Prasad Yadav aboutit on several occasions.

'If they (Grand Alliance leaders) think that Jitan RamManjhi has no role to play in the alliance, then it isalright. I will remain in the alliance and continue politics,'he said.

Manjhi asserted that if the alliance wants to defeatthe NDA, then it has to be strengthened for which acoordination committee is a must.

'We can fight Nitish Kumar and defeat the NDAonly through the coordination committee. But, if any partyleader shows reluctance in forming such committee, then I willconsider him as a supporter of NDA,' he said. PTI ARACD ACD