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Bihar Dalit leader Manjhi spoils GA show with demand for more seats

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PATNA: The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) headed by former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has caused fresh trouble in the Grand Alliance.

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A day after it emerged the seat-sharing deal in the GA has been settled, Manjhi has made a demand of five seats claiming himself more political powerful than the Congress.

“We have made demand for five seats based on our party’s political strength. HAM has more support base than the Congress in Bihar,” Manjhi told a press conference in Patna on Saturday.

Issuing a veiled threat he said the party’s parliamentary board would take next course of action if his demand for seats was not fulfilled.

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As per the seat-sharing arrangement, RJD will be contesting on 20 seats while the Congress will contest on 11 seats.

Likewise, three seats are being given to the RLSP, two seats each to the HAM and the Left parties, and one seat each to the parties headed by Sharad Yadav and Mukesh Sahni.

RJD lawmaker and Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav expressed concern over the ongoing bargaining for seats by some allies while the main issue right now is to save the Constitution.

“The Country and the Constitution face serious threats now and if the allies don’t keep aside their arrogance of demand for more seats than the people won’t forgive them anymore,” Tejashwi tweeted today.

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