Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is arriving in Nagpur by 12 noon flight on Sunday (April 12). After his arrival, Manjhi will drive straight to Deekshabhumi and spend some time there. He will stay in Ravibhavan and is likely to meet close associates of Nagpur-based Bihar leader Anand Mohan and discuss political issues. In the evening at 6, he will attend Deekshabhumi programme. Even though Manjhi is coming to attend a programme at Deekshabhumi the possibility of his meeting with senior BJP leader and Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and RSS functionaries could not be ruled out. Assembly elections in Bihar are likely to be held in October. The meeting of Manjhi with Gadkari and RSS functionaries, if happens, could be political and social as well. The former Bihar Chief Minister’s programme at Deekshabhumi could also bring a ray of hope in his political life.
Jitan Ram Manjhi will leave Nagpur by evening flight on April 13.
Recently, the ministers who were in Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet met the firebrand leader Anand Mohan, who is at present in jail possibly to discuss alliance in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
There are firm chances that Manjhi, along with Anand Mohan, exploring fighting elections with alliance in BJP.
Jitan Ram Manjhi stole the limelight when he was made Chief Minister by Nitish Kumar who resigned after his bête noire Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. However, Manjhi was forced to resign by Nitish Kumar himself for various political reasons. Before joining JDU, Manjhi was a member of the political parties of Indian National Congress (till 1990), Janata Dal (till 1996) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (till 2005). A senior politician, Manjhi has been a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from 1980 to 1990 (on INC party ticket), then from 1996 to 2005 (on RJD party ticket) and again from 2005 to 9 Feb 2015 (on JDU party ticket). He has been a minister in many Bihar state governments, under multiple Chief Ministers like Chandrashekhar Singh, Bindeshwari Dubey, Satyendra Narayan Sinha, Jagannath Mishra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi.
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