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Bihar Dalit leader Manjhi gets quick ‘reward’ for joining RJD camp

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PATNA: Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi has finally got the reward for joining the RJD-led Grand Alliance (GA) after walking out of the NDA.

Barely a month after he joined the GA, the RJD has now nominated his son Santosh Suman to the Bihar Legislative Council, Upper House of the state legislature.

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As per reports, a total of 11 council seats are going to fall vacant soon for which polling is scheduled on 26 April. One candidate is required to get votes of at least 21 legislators to win the elections.

Given the situation, the RJD which has a total of 80 members in the Bihar assembly can win a maximum of four seats with support from the Congress which has 27 members.

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Under this situation, the RJD has finalized four names for the council polls. They include Rabri Devi, wife of jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Ram Chandra Purbe, state party chief, Santosh Suman and Mohsin Khursid. Manjhi’s son will reach the House for the first time.

Manjhi who was handed the throne of Bihar by his mentor, chief minister Nitish Kumar had joined the NDA camp ahead of the last 2015 assembly elections when he was removed from the post.

As per media reports, the NDA had promised to gift him gubernatorial post and a ministerial berth for his son in lieu of joining the camp.

In the next over two years, Mqanjhi kept on reminding the NDA leaders about the pre-poll promises and expressed annoyance over backing out from the promises.

Eventually, he reached out to the GA camp and was happily welcomed. The GA required his support to get Dalit votes in the elections. Unlike NDA, however, the RJD fulfilled the promises of Manjhi barely over a month of joining them.

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