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RLSP and HAM trying to expand grand alliance

THE ASIAN AGE. | NAYEAR AZAD
Published : Sep 10, 2019, 7:55 am IST
Updated : Sep 10, 2019, 7:55 am IST

Sources said cracks had emerged between the CPI and RJD over the seat-sharing deal during the Lok Sabha polls.

Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awami Morcha supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi  (Photo: PTI)
 Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awami Morcha supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi (Photo: PTI)

Patna: With Assembly elections just a year away Opposition parties are trying to expand the grand alliance in Bihar.

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha are making efforts to include left parties such as CPI, CPI-M, and CPI-ML into the fold.

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said that the grand alliance is planning to organize an event in October where leaders of left parties would also be invited.

“We are hopeful that left parties will join the grand alliance fold before the assembly elections. We have already discussed the issue with the state unit but the final decision will be taken by the central leaders of left parties,” Mr  Kushwaha said.

HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said, “If left parties become part of grand alliance then we will be able to give a tough fight to the NDA in Bihar.”

The grand coalition comprising the RJD, Congress, RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and Vikasheel Insan Party (VIP) led by its leader Mukesh Sahni had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to this newspaper on the issue HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said that “if left parties become part of grand alliance then we will be able to give a tough fight to the NDA in Bihar”.

The HAM leader said that the party would also try to convince the RJD about the issue. Sources said cracks had emerged between the CPI and RJD over the seat-sharing deal during the Lok Sabha polls.

The RJD, however, gave only one seat to the CPI-ML (liberation) candidate in Ara parliamentary constituency to stop the division of secular and EBC votes. After the results Jitan Ram Manjhi had criticized the RJD leadership for keeping left parties especially Communist Party of India (CPI) out of the grand alliance during the Lok Sabha polls.

Talking to reporters Mr. Manjhi had said that “The RJD leadership made a mistake by not including CPI into the grand alliance during elections”. Sources claim that he was referring to Tejashwi Yadav who has emerged as a de facto leader of the RJD after his father, Lalu Yadav was sent to jail in connection with fodder scam cases.

“The 2020 Bihar assembly election is crucial for the grand alliance. We will try to discuss the issue with other partners about including left parties into the grand alliance fold. Our party has always wanted to include left parties into the grand alliance in order to strengthen our base in the state”, HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said.

Tags: assembly elections, jitan ram manjhi
Location: India, Bihar, Patna