first_imgFormer Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday declared that he had quit the NDA and would join the RJD-led grand alliance. Mr. Manjhi hit out at the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar as “anti-poor”.“I’m happy to announce that our party has decided to join RJD-led grand alliance as we’re not getting due respect in NDA”, Mr. Manjhi said. .He said three things compelled him to take this step. “First, about 99% of the people who were arrested under prohibition laws come from poor families; the poor people also suffered as the government put a ban on sand mining in the State and lastly, every day there is talk of a cut in reservation percentage for Scheduled Caste people.”Mr. Manjhi expressed displeasure over the appointment of new police chief of the State, K.S. Dwivedi. “I’m saying this in a guarded way that the government has appointed a police official as Bihar’s new DGP who was responsible for Bhagalpur riot,” he said.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said the grand alliance had been strengthened with the coming of Mr. Manjhi.last_img

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