Manjhi was sworn-in as Bihar’s 23rd chief minister on May 20, 2014 at the wish of Nitish Kumar. Before taking oath as the CM, Manjhi was a cabinet minister in Nitish Kumar-led government. But just nine months after his swearing-in event, Manjhi was asked to resign to make way for Nitish to return as the CM. As Manjhi refused, he was expelled from the JD(U) on February 9, 2015, leading to a political crisis in his government. Since then, Nitish and Manjhi went far away from each other and both took separate path of politics.
After Manjhi was expelled from the JD(U), the then governor asked him to seek a vote of confidence on February 20, 2015, the first day of the Budget session of the assembly. But Manjhi resigned from the CM post before seeking trust vote in the assembly. Later in May 2015, Manjhi launched his own political outfit- Hindustani Awami Morcha-Secular- and contested the 2015 assembly polls after joining hands with the BJP.
On the other hand, Nitish joined his hands with the RJD boss Lalu Prasad and the Congress, and contested 2015 assembly polls under the aegis of three-party Mahagathbandhan.
But on Friday, Nitish not only shared dais with Manjhi, addressed an election rally to seek votes for his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend in Gaya district’s Imamganj (SC) constituency, from where the former CM is contesting the current election, but also assured Manjhi “not to be worried” for development of Imamganj area.
“Ab toh Hum Sath Sath Hai. Ab Kahe Chinta Karte Hai. Aap Jo Chahte Hai, Woh Sab Hoga (Now, we are in one political alliance. Why are you still worried? All your wishes will be fulfilled),” Nitish told Manjhi while speaking at the election rally at Imamganj.
Earlier Manjhi, in his speech, had urged the CM to upgrade Imamganj, presently a block headquarters, into a sub-divisional headquarters and make Sherghati a separate district, out of Gaya. Manjhi also urged the CM to set up a degree college in his Imamganj constituency.
At the end of his speech, Nitish not only put a ‘garland of victory’ in the neck of Manjhi, but also urged the crowd to ensure his victory from Imamganj by a huge margin. Nitish urged the people to cast their votes in the favour of ‘Kadahi’ (frying pan), the symbol of HAM(S).
Imamganj goes to the polls in the first phase on October 28.
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