NDA accuses Nitish of sacrificing Mahadalit; Congress slams BJP over Manjhi’s resignation


New Delhi: NDA on Friday accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of ‘sacrificing’ a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s ‘panic’ behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its ‘conspiracy’ in Bihar elections.
“Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back.

“Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on doing such immoral things to remain in power,” BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who heads Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an NDA ally in Bihar, said, “Nitish Kumar earlier created divide among Dalits by doing Mahadalit politics. He first damaged Paswans. Now he has sacrificed a Mahadalit Jitan Ram Manjhi to capture power himself.”

BJP leader Shahnawaj Hussain said that the “BJP stood by the Chief Minister, a Mahadalit.”

Describing the entire issue as an “internal matter of JD(U), Hussain said, “which group has majority was to be decided on the floor of the House. BJP stood with what was just. We did not leave a Mahadalit in the lurch. We stood by him strongly.”

The reactions came after Manjhi submitted his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi after making an unscheduled visit to Raj Bhawan in morning.