Jitan Ram Manjhi to join hands with NDA ahead of Bihar election, HAM may get 9 seats

Jitan Ram Manjhi to join hands with NDA ahead of Bihar election, HAM may get 9 seats

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, leader of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), is all set to forge an alliance with Janata Dal-United ahead of the Bihar assembly election. An official announcement of the decision will be made on Thursday.

Jitan Ram Manjhi's alliance with Janata Dal-United (JDU) will pave way for the entry of a fourth political party in the Bihar NDA ahead of the assembly elections.

According to sources, the deal which Jitan Ram Manjhi has struck with Nitish Kumar is that Hindustani Awam Morcha will be getting nine seats to fight from the JDU quota in the NDA seat-sharing arrangement.

Manjhi's alliance will JDU will be a sort of "Ghar wapsi" for him as he was made the chief minister by Nitish Kumar in 2014 after Janata Dal-United lost the Lok Sabha elections and Nitish resigned from the CM’s post.

"Jitan Ram Manjhi will be making an official announcement on Thursday regarding Hindustani Awam Morcha joining the NDA. Our party is not merging with JDU but we will be joining NDA as a separate entity. We will carry forward the developmental work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said.

"Seats have never been an issue for us. The manner in which Prime Minister Modi is handling the economic crisis in the country and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is working for the development of the state, we want to be part of it," Danish Rizwan said