Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM breaks ties with Mahagathbandhan ahead of Bihar Assembly poll

Ahead of Bihar assembly poll, HAM, led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, has announced end of its alliance with the Mahagathbandhan.

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Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi (File Photo)

In a setback for the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar ahead of assembly election, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) has snapped its ties with the grand alliance.

HAM-S, led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, announced its move to end alliance with the Mahagathbandhan on Thursday. The decision was made public after a meeting of the core committee of the party held at the residence of Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday.

Party chief Jitan Ram Manjhi had reportedly been upset after his demand of a coordination committee to discuss seat-sharing among Grand Alliance partners was not met.

Santosh Suman, an MLC and son of Jitan Ram Manjhim said, “A decision was taken in the core committee meeting that our party will be snap ties with the Grand Alliance. We had been constantly demanding formation of a coordination committee to run the Grand Alliance properly, but Tejashwi Yadav was imposing his decisions.”

Danish Rizwan, party’s national spokesperson, told India Today, “A coordination committee of Mahagathbandhan was not formed despite our repeated demands. Though Rahul Gandhi had assured us that a coordination committee will be formed, but nothing happened.”

The Congress is a part of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. Besides Congress, the grand alliance now comprises the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).

“Tejashwi Yadav had been taking one-sided decisions for the Grand Alliance. Smaller parties were not being heard,” Santosh Suman said. “My father was very hurt by this. We finally decided that the party will no longer be a part of the Mahagathbandhan,” he added.

The term of the Bihar legislative assembly comes to an end on November 29 and polls are likely to he held sometime in October-November.

Several bypolls were recently postponed mainly due to coronavirus and rains. No fresh schedule has been announced as yet.

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