Nitish slams BJP ; defiant Manjhi offers sops

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Confidence personified Manjhi says Bihar will be privileged to have Nitish back as the chief minister after next year’s Assembly election
Those were the days : Jitan Ram Manjhi with Nitish Kumar Photo: Sonu Kishan

In the course of power struggle between Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and former chief minister from Janata Dal (United) Nitish Kumar, Bihar governor Keshri Nath Tripathi has given chief minister an opportunity to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly on February 20. Earlier, JD (U) had even expelled the chief minster for defying the party line.

 The former chief minister Nitish Kumar  had also paraded 130 MLAs to show his majority at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and met President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss about the situation in Bihar. JD(U) party chief Sharad Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav attended the parade.

 In a fresh statement, Nitish Kumar alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was behind the move to allow Bihar chief minister more time to prove his majority so that “horse-trading” of MLAs could be done. He also blames BJP for the political crisis in Bihar. “JD(U) MLAs are being offered Rs 1 crore and ministership. BJP is involved in everything,” he added.

 Meanwhile, CM Manjhi announced free electricity to small farmers owning up to five acres of land for agriculture purpose and promised to double the cap if he gets a chance to continue in office.  “I will call a meeting of the state cabinet in a day or two to approve the proposal of providing free electricity to small farmers owning up to five acres for agricultural purpose,” Manji said. “If I get another chance, free electricity to farmers for farm purposes would be doubled for up to 10 acres.”

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