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Anti-BJPism is the issue now not anti-congressism, says Nitish’s new CM Manjhi

June 16, 2014 | By

Patna, Bihar (June 16, 2014): Defending his predecessor Nitish Kumar dialling Lalu Prasad and Congress to foil alleged BJP design to topple his government, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said anti-BJPism was the issue now and not anti-Congressism.

“It’s anti-BJPism and not anti-Congressism the predominant issue now and hence there is need for all the parties to come on one platform to fight against BJP,” Manjhi told reporters.

Former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (R) with Chief Minister Jitanram Manjhi (L) at the CM residence in Patna.

Former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (R) with Chief Minister Jitanram Manjhi (L) at the CM residence in Patna.

Manjhi made the statement to justify his predecessor Nitish Kumar telephoning Lalu Prasad, Congress and CPI to defeat the alleged design of BJP to ensure defeat of JD(U)’s two candidates in Rajya Sabha by-poll and subsequently lay grounds for fall of JD(U) ministry in the state by thrusting for an early poll.

Asked how joining hands with Lalu Prasad was justified when JD(U) came to power fighting the “jungle raj” of the RJD, he said that was an old issue. “Humans did not wear clothes in ancient times but developed subsequently and started wearing good clothes. Likewise jungle raj is an old thing,” he said emerging from ‘Janata Ke Darbar Me Mukhya Mantri’ programme.

On BJP observing “Betrayal Day” on Monday on JD(U) breaking away from them on this day last year, Manjhi said, “It is wrong to blame us for the split.”

He said BJP won general election in Bihar and elsewhere on the basis of money power, “but their happiness will not last long as JD(U) will come back to power in Bihar in Assembly poll next year with two-third majority.”

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