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Jitan Ram Manjhi dumps Grand Alliance ahead of Jharkhand state polls

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PATNA: Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi dealt a severe blow to the opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar by announcing to contest assembly elections alone in the Jharkhand and Bihar.

The HAM decided to go it alone after consulting party leaders at its national executive meeting held at the resident of Manjhi on Thursday.

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Manjhi had been apparently annoyed after the RJD fielded its candidate against HAM nominee at Nathnagar seat in Bhagalpur where by-elections were held recently. Ultimately, none could win the seat.

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“No coordination committee was formed in the Grand Alliance despite our repeated requests which resulted in lack of coordination among alliance partners. So we have decided to contest elections alone,” Manjhi told the media on Friday.

Manjhi said HAM would announce the list of candidate for Jharkhand assembly polls by November 10. Jharkhand goes to polls in five phases from November 30.

The counting of votes will be done on December 23. The state is currently under BJP rule with chief minister Raghubar Das on the throne.

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