Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s 74th birthday celebrations coincided with his elder son Tej Pratap meeting former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HUM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi. The meeting has fueled political speculation. After the meeting that lasted for about 40 minutes, Tej Pratap told media persons that the doors are open for Manjhi and it is up to us leader whether he wants to join the RJD-led grand alliance in Bihar or not.
Tej Pratap said, I had come to uncle’s (Manjhi) house to seek his blessings.
Manjhi said that the question of leaving the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) does not arise.
Manjhi said, “My party is part of Nitish Kumar-led NDA in Bihar. I spoke to Tej Pratap on social issues, not political ones. I am glad that he came to my house. This is not surprising, because Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Yadav had come to my house earlier also. We are an ally of the NDA government in Bihar.
Tej Pratap’s remarks assume significance as Manjhi has been a recent critic of the BJP.
On Friday, Manjhi tweeted that the BJP had come to power promising Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, but now the saffron party has only one agenda and that is appeasement.
Manjhi and his party on Thursday pulled up BJP leaders for terming madrasas in Bihar as centers of terrorist activities, two days after a blast at a madrassa in Banka district, in which an imam (religious teacher) was killed. was.
Sources said the RJD is looking at Manjhi and his party as potential alliance partners in the future.