Before the assembly elections in Bihar, the grand alliance has suffered a major setback. The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), headed by former state chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, has decided to break away from the grand alliance. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s core committee led by Jitan Ram Manjhi. The meeting was also attended by the party’s General Secretary, Santosh Suman, MLC of Hum Party and son of former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
After separating from the Grand Alliance, no decision has been taken yet on what will be the future path of the party. It is being told that in the meeting of the core committee of the party, the decision to separate from the Grand Alliance was taken unanimously. Chief General Secretary of the party Santosh Suman said that the party has kept its doors open.
Apart from HAM, the Grand Alliance in Bihar comprises RJD, Congress, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni headed Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP).
Santosh Suman, said, “It has been decided in the core committee meeting that our party will not be part of the Grand Alliance. We were constantly demanding that a Coordination Committee be formed to run the Grand Alliance properly but Tejashwi Yadav was imposing his decisions on the Grand Alliance like a dictator “
Santosh Suman said that Tejashwi Yadav was taking a one-sided decision on the grand alliance and smaller parties were not being given due consideration. His father Jitan Ram Majhi is very hurt by this.
There was already speculation about Jitan Ram Manjhi’s separation from the Grand Alliance. Although the party has said to distance itself from the RJD alliance, there are clear indications that Jitan Ram Manjhi’s party may join the NDA.
Just before the Bihar elections, the opposition faction may have to face a loss of around three per cent of votes as Jitan Ram Manjhi leaves the Grand Alliance. It is to be noted that the Musahar community from which Jeetan Ram Manjhi belongs is about 2.9 percent of the population. The influence of Jitan Ram Manjhi’s party is more in the areas of South Bihar.
The Mushar community in Gaya, Nawada and Jehanabad play a decisive role in the coronation of the candidates, along with the areas in Magadha region. In such a situation, if Manjhi goes with the NDA, it will be no less than a gift for the ruling coalition. At the same time, RJD and other opposition parties will have to make extra effort to bridge this gap.
Speculations are also ripe that Hindustan Awam Morcha president Jeetan Ram Manjhican join hands with the JDU. In such a situation, to defuse the Manjhi factor, the RJD has fielded the entire army of its Dalit leaders. In this way, the game of checkmate between the two parties regarding the Dalit votes has commenced.
Manjhi is considered an influential Dalit face in Bihar politics. In such a situation, Manjhi’s separation from the Grand Alliance is considered a blow to the opposition. That is why on Thursday, the RJD has given a signal to the JDU that Manjhi’s departure has not affected their politicsby holding a press conference through Shyam Rajak, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, Ramai Ram and other Dalit veterans. Shyam Rajak, Uday Narayan Chaudhary and Ramai Ram are also considered to be strong faces of Dalit politics in Bihar.